“I’m praying they find the cat alive…kicked with such malice may have meant the cat wandered off to die alone; as they often do! Evil little shit, goaded on by an adult that should know better…but obviously not”
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An 18-year-old man who is accused of cheering and encouraging a boy to kick a cat off the porch of a home in Berkeley County in July was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.
Naim Robert Carter, of 561 Good Drive in Martinsburg, was arraigned on the charge Thursday by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25, according to court documents.
The alleged incident surfaced after a woman and her daughter told police on July 28 that they saw a video posted on the Internet, according to court documents.
Police were told that Carter recorded the video of the cat being kicked by a 14-year-old boy and cheered on the juvenile, according to court documents.
Merson determined the height of the porch from which the cat was kicked to be about 6 feet, according to court documents.
The video appears to show the cat being kicked in an “extremely hard manner,” Merson said in his complaint filed in magistrate court.