View Full Caption
CHICAGO — With an assist from some concerned social media activists, Chicago Police have arrested a Greater Grand Crossing man after he allegedly recorded himself pouring scalding water onto a cat.
Leon Teague, 18, was arrested after police identified him as the man who on Tuesday posted to Facebook a video of him luring the cat onto a porch before pouring the boiling water onto the cat, Chicago Police said in a news release.
The video, allegedly shared on Teague’s personal page, was later found by animal advocates, who worked to identify the man and inform police.
Lindsey Lou, an animal rights activist from St. Louis, led the charge in trying to find the man. She said the video was posted to a local “trap, neuter, return” advocacy group site.
Warning: The video is graphic:
Lou said the group worked to determine the man’s name (his Facebook account uses an alias) and location, and determined that he attended a public high school in Chicago. From there, group members started to contact local authorities.
The video appears to depict a man carrying some type of container filled with steaming water to a back porch. The cat was next to a litter box and food bowl when the man doused it in the water.
It appears to be a stray cat, based on the man’s comments in the video.
“Don’t come back,” the man yells as the cat yelps and attempts to flee. “Die, b—-.”
Lou said the video was one of the worst she’s seen.
“I deal with a lot of abused animals,” Lou said. “It was one of the most horrendous things I’ve ever seen.”
Teague, of the 6900 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, was arrested after officers identified him as the man from the video, police said.
He has been charged with one felony count of animal torture and one misdemeanor count of depiction of animal cruelty. Teague is due to make an initial appearance in court Friday, police said.
Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido posted in the Facebook group “alley cat allies” to tell the advocates that an arrest had been made. He said officers saw the cat near 69th Street and King Drive, but attempts to catch it were unsuccessful.
“Unfortunately, he/she ran off when officers tried to catch him/her,” he wrote.
Garrido said the work of the online advocates was a great help to investigators.
“We would also like to thank all the concerned citizens out there in the social media world for bringing to our attention quickly gathering information to assist in the investigation,” Garrido said.
For more neighborhood news, listen to DNAinfo Radio here: