Police investigating after video shows child abusing cat in Sherman

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM CST
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Sherman police are investigating after a video showing a child mistreating a cat went viral on Facebook.

The kids that found the cat after the abuse say the cat, who they named Skipee, was in bad shape when they found her and had to have a leg amputated.

The whole exchange was caught on a surveillance camera.

"These guys were trying to throw her into the trashcan but then he came down to us swinging her," 7-year-old Nikki said.

Nikki said she and her sister were playing outside when they saw another kid with a cat.

She said he told her he was "throwing it away because it was broken."

"Her paw limped when he set her down," Nikki said.

Nikki's parents reached out to Connie Lazenby, who is part of the group Animal Rescue Crusaders.

Lazenby said Skipee was in bad shape, one of its arms was out of the socket and broken in several places.

"We took Skipee to the emergency vet and she recommended amputation because there was so much damage," Lazenby said.

Nikki and her sister, Catherine, said it made them sad to see Skipee in pain.

"It's so sad she had to get her leg cut off," Catherine said.

"Because all right here was popped out of place and all right here was broken," Nikki said.

Lazenby said the group helped set Skipee up with Lyndee Woodall and Benjamen Butler, her forever home.

"She's doing really good, she's actually taking to it fine and acts like nothing happened," Woodall said.

Lazenby said the abuse Skipee faced at the hands of a human is not okay.

"We need to make sure this doesn't happen again, it's just totally unacceptable to treat any living being like that," Lazenby said.

Woodall said now Skipee is safe, happy and home.

"I'm just glad she's in a good home now, I'm glad we have her and that she's out of that situation," Woodall said.

Sherman police said they are investigating who was involved and what happened.

In November, President Trump signed a bill making animal cruelty a felony.

Police said adults face up to 10 years in jail or a $10,000 fine.