KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 19-year-old Kansas City man is facing a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse after video surfaced in May of this year of him allegedly kicking a cat as if it were a football.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Johnathan M. Taylor with the crime.
He’s set to appear in court on the charge on Oct. 4.
According to court documents, investigators initially interviewed Taylor less than a week after the cat had been kicked, but Taylor denied he was the one who kicked the animal.
After receiving additional tips pointing to Taylor as the kicker, police interviewed the man who took the video, who said the cat entered the field during a football game and Taylor allegedly wanted to get it off the field.