A man who was caught on video viciously beating a cat inside a Brooklyn bodega on Friday has been charged with a misdemeanor for animal cruelty.
Zaid Salah, 28, was caught on security camera footage chasing the feline into New People’s Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, before picking it up and slamming it several times into the store’s walls as the cat fiercely struggled to escape, according to the New York Daily News. Salah eventually can be seen chucking the cat through a partition into the kitchen as a shocked witness stands by and watches the scene unfold.
“He was crazy,” said Wu Ling, who was working at the counter at the time, according to the Daily News. “He opened the door and the cat came inside. He beat the cat, he smashed the cat, he threw the cat against the wall.”
“He was going to kill the cat,” Dafu Lin, the restaurant’s owner, told the Daily News. ”He didn’t say anything, and then he went outside and laid down. It was so crazy. We don’t believe it!”
Salah allegedly grabbed Nancy, the cat, from the basement of the Seven & One Deli & Grocery a little while after getting kicked out of the store, the Daily News reported.
“It’s so sad,” clerk Youssef Islam told the Daily News. “I love that cat. It’s so chill. I’m a cat person. We were just about to feed her and she was gone.”
After the police arrived at the scene, a still-breathing Nancy was rushed to the ASPCA Animal Hospital in Manhattan.
(H/T: New York Daily News)