Lucio Lopez,34, is charged with animal cruelty. (Source: Fontana Police Department)
Police say the kitten, who's been nicknamed "Olive," is doing well but will need surgery and a lot of love. (Source: Fontana Police Department)
FONTANA, Calif. (AP/Meredith) — A California man who allegedly stuffed a kitten in a freezer and then threw it off a second-story balcony has been arrested for animal cruelty.
Fontana police said they were called to a home shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday by reports that a man was assaulting a 3- to 4-month-old kitten.
Police said the man had fled by the time officers arrived but police stopped a car a short time later and arrested 34-year-old Lucio Lopez.
Lopez was apparently upset the kitten had entered his apartment, police said in a press release. A witness told officers Lopez placed the kitten in the freezer, and later took it out. The 34-year-old allegedly began squeezing the kitten's body, "as the frightened kitten cried out in pain," the release said.
Police said Lopez then threw the kitten off the second-story balcony.
"The kitten struck the concrete floor resulting in major injuries to its chest and a fractured leg," the release said.
The female kitten is being treated for major chest injuries and a fractured leg. Police said the kitten, who's been nicknamed "Olive," is doing well, "but will need surgery and much-needed love."
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