Two Lansing men have been arrested and face charges in connection with a disturbing video of a cat being drop kicked and killed.
The two (seen below left to right) are Brandon Coney, 19, and Kian Miller Jr, 20. They were arrested on Wednesday after an investigation by the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police.
“We were all disgusted by the act itself,” Ingham County Animal Control Director Jodi LeBombard said. “But we’re pleased we were able to issue the warrants for the individuals, and pleased they’ll be brought to the courts for justice.”
The video showed one of the men appearing to be kicking a cat at the LaRoy Froh Apartment Complex in the 2400 block of Reo Road in Lansing in early July.
One of the men is the one suspected of kicking the cat. The second man is suspected of taking the video.
The incident shocked people who live in the complex.
“It’s just upsetting, people can’t just leave peoples things alone. Animals alone. They’re animals,” one resident, Sam, said.
Tips to Ingham County Animal Control led to the arrests, tips LeBombard says they appreciate.
“They’re our eyes and ears on the streets. so without them reporting what they’re seeing, and their concerns, we wouldn’t know about many of the things that we do,” she said.
LeBombard added in a news release, “This is a great community that takes a strong stance on animals being treated fairly. We do not tolerate cruelty acts to our animals.”
The two face charges of killing and torturing an animal in the second degree. They could face up to seven years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines.
Both are being held for arraignment in the Ingham County Jail.