FONTANA, Calif. — A California man has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after allegedly putting a kitten in his freezer and then throwing her off his balcony, leaving the cat with serious injuries, police said Tuesday.
Officers began investigating Friday afternoon after receiving a report of a man assaulting a 3- to 4-month-old kitten, according to a Fontana Police Department news release.
The man, identified as 34-year-old Lucio Lopez, allegedly became angry with the feline for entering his apartment and placed the cat in the freezer, witnesses told police.
He is accused of later taking the small animal out of the freezer and squeezing her body “as the frightened kitten cried out in pain,” the release said.
Afterward, he allegedly threw the cat off a second-floor balcony, police said. The feline hit the concrete below and suffered major injuries to her chest and a fractured leg.
“The kitten is doing as well as could be, but will need surgery and much-needed love,” the release said.
Lopez initially fled the scene but was apprehended by police as he drove nearby. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of animal cruelty and an outstanding warrant.