Police have arrested Andre Robinson, 21, who appears on a deeply disturbing YouTube video where he lured a street cat to approach him by pretending to feed him and then kicks him into the air. What is equally disturbing is the cries of joy and laughter from his friends.
Robinson celebrates his sick accomplishment with a victory dance as his friends cheer.
We have previously discussed how some cases of animal cruelty are so egregious that the person should be considered a danger to society at large after displaying no basic humanity. Nevertheless, Robinson’s mother, Mary Kirby, 48, insisted that hew son “loves animals. He loved his cats, he had dogs, he always loved them.” Robinson has eight prior arrests, including a 2011 arrest at knifepoint. He also has various Facebook photos showing him smoking what appears to be a joint.
Police say that Robinson was outside waiting for a food delivery when he turned to his friends and said, “Watch this.”
Witnesses say that the cat was a long-term resident of the building and was friendly. The cat is a resident of Robinson’s building who identified herself only as Shyvonne, 32, said the cat had been hanging around for months and was friendly and playful. The problem is that sentences under animal cruelty remain relatively limited even though individuals who commit such acts are dangers to society at large.
YouTube has since removed the video; the content of which they indicated violated their terms of service. WABC-TV New York has excerpts of the video during one of their news stories.