A shocking video posted online shows an Ohio man viciously kick a cat into the air as his friend laughs.
The footage was posted on Aug. 6 to a Facebook community called Ohio Animal Abusers. The video, reportedly filmed in Akron, has more than 3,000 shares on Facebook.
A petition online
asking the Akron Police Department to prosecute the attacker, who it identifies as Roy Hill, has more than 5,200 signatures.
'He didn't show any sort of regret, as he as his buddies were having a big laugh about what just happened, the petition says. You can also imagine that the cat didn't enjoy this!
"We are working on it. We take animal cruelty cases like this very seriously," Captain Daniel Zampelli told NewsNet5 Cleveland
. "Our first steps are to ID the man, find out where he is at and confront him. From there we will work with the prosecutor's office to figure out if charges should be filed."
Animal torture in Ohio is punishable with up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $2,500.