A 16-year-old boy was arrested early this morning (Tuesday, December 13) for animal cruelty after police were called to a Scullin apartment complex in relation to a disturbance.
About 12.30am police attended the location and spoke with a number of people in the carpark of the complex regarding complaints about excessive noise. A short time later, police were called back to the location and observed the youth carrying a cat that had its paws bound together.
Police removed the cable ties from the cat and when placed on the ground the cat did not appear to have the use of its hind legs. The members transported the cat to the Animal Emergency Centre where a vet stated the cat was suffering from pelvis fractures and nerve damage.
The young person was arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House where he was later bailed. He will be summonsed to attend the ACT Childrens Court at a later date, when he will be charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal causing serious injury.
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Police will allege the youth threw the cat from a second story balcony before tying its front paws together using plastic cable ties. Anyone with information about this incident, or anyone who can assist the police investigation, is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.