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California woman who killed kitten by breaking its jaw and spraying insecticide in its mouth arrested

The woman is seen walking onto a porch in South Gate, California, and yanking a kitten that was peacefully resting on top of a cooler
(City of South Gate Police Department, Facebook)
(City of South Gate Police Department, Facebook)

SOUTH GATE, CALIFORNIA: The South Gate Police Department had been on the lookout for a woman who was caught dousing a can of bug spray into a kitten's mouth and fur. 

The woman, who has short orange hair, is seen walking onto a porch in South Gate in California and yanking a kitten that was peacefully resting on top of a cooler, The Sun reveals. As per a Facebook post from the South Gate Police Department on July 8, a female suspect has now been arrested in connection to the case. The post revealed that the information on the suspect had been given to night shift officers as well who recalled coming into contact with the suspect.

The suspect had been seen in the Firestone Boulevard and Garfield Avenue. "Officers went to check the area and located her at the Denny's parking lot (5811 Firestone Blvd). She was in possession of a kitten. During the contact, officers confirmed she was the female involved in Monday's incident. She was arrested and booked. She was subsequently taken to a mental health facility for evaluation. The kitten she had was unharmed and taken by SEAACA," the post revealed. Social media users are praising the SGPD for catching the suspect. 

In a video from the earlier incident, the suspect can be seen grabbing on to the tiny animal and proceeding to pick up a can of bug spray which had also been on the porch. She then starts spraying it inside the mouth of the kitten. The family revealed that they had found the kitten dead with its jaw broken. According to ABC7, neighbors revealed that the woman had gone to another nearby home and had asked for a pair of pliers. 

The suspect has been arrested and nabbed by the police (City of South Gate Police Department, Facebook)

The incident took place near South Gate Park around the Hildreth Avenue and Tweedy Boulevard area. On Monday evening, neighbors started to put up warning posters and fliers all over the neighborhood. 

The owner of the cat, Cynthia Esquivel, said, "If she could do that to a small kitten, I'm afraid what she would do to someone else. It was an innocent little kitten. How could you hurt something so gentle and so beautiful?"

We had earlier reported another case where a tortured cat had its legs tied with duct tape and cable. The cat was reportedly left to die at Wally Tew Reserve in Ferntree Gully in Melbourne, Australia, before the local found the feline on Thursday, April 30. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Victoria, was alerted by the unidentified local. RSPCA Victoria Inspector Kate Davies told Daily Mail that the cat was in their care and that they were looking into how he was abused and left to die. 

"Thankfully it does not appear the cat has suffered any permanent damage however would have been in significant physical pain and experienced mental distress," Davies said. "This was a horrific act of animal cruelty and our thanks go to the person who found the animal and reacted quickly allowing the cat to avoid further suffering. We are asking anyone who recognizes the cat or has information about this incident to please come forward to help us identify the person or persons responsible for this act of cruelty."