Teen charged with kicking cat like football in Snapchat video

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -

A 19-year-old has been charged with kicking a cat like it was a ball on a Kansas City high school football field after he was identified through a video posted to Snapchat.

Johnathan Taylor, of Kansas City, was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor count of animal abuse. Court records say the principal of Center High School told an animal control officer about the video and said she believed the person seen kicking the cat on May 22 was Taylor, who was a former student. A cat later was found dead at the school.

The person who recorded the video also identified Taylor as the person who kicked the cat. A voice can be heard on the recording yelling "field goal" afterward.

Taylor denied any involvement in a police interview.


Previous story by KMBC:

Kansas City authorities said they are searching for a man suspected of kicking a small cat like a football.

It happened on the field at Center High School possibly on May 22, according to a city communications official.

The blurry video shows at least two people on the field as a small black cat crosses in front of one man.

One man laughs and repeatedly says, "Field goal" before kicking the cat into the air.

The graphic video shows the cat landing several yards away.

Authorities said they are also searching for the person who shot the video, which was given to Animal Control officers by Center High School's principal.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the city's 3-1-1 phone line.

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