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3 arrested in attack of kitten with pellet gun

Cat had to be put down after being paralyzed

Police announced the arrest of three people in the pellet gun attack, which led to the kitten being paralyzed and ultimately euthanized.
Police announced the arrest of three people in the pellet gun attack, which led to the kitten being paralyzed and ultimately euthanized.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Three people have been arrested after Hollywood police say a kitten was shot with a pellet gun, paralyzing it from the hips down.

The animal had to be euthanized after the June attack.

Police announced that arrests were made last week of Lawrence Calvin Ivey, 38, Jamarlin Kenyatta Huntley, 25 and Walkenssia Joazile, 25.

Three people face charges in the attack of a kitten in Hollywood. (Photos courtesy of Hollywood Police Department)

Ivey faces a charge of aggravated animal cruelty.

Huntley is charged with aggravated animal cruelty and tampering with evidence.

Joazile is also charged with tampering with evidence.

Investigators were called out to 1950 Taft Street on June 20 to investigate the animal cruelty case.

Hollywood police say home surveillance video of the incident from the neighborhood helped in catching the three suspects. Video shows the suspects walking around and taking a broom outside to sweep where it happened.

Police released the video below (not showing when the kitten was shot):

A woman who lives nearby says her cameras captured what happened.

“It couldn’t even walk,” she said of the cat. “Somebody shot it, they broomed it and they kicked it.”

The woman, who didn’t want to be identified, says she is sick over the video.

“I wanted to scream, you know, and then I wanted to cry,” she said. “Then I wanted to faint. This kitten wasn’t doing anything.”


About the Authors:

Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.

David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.