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Man accused of kicking kitten like a football

7:53 AM, Jan 26, 2012   |    comments
  • Percy Love, accused of kicking a kitten, is now in Cook County Jail for violating his probation. (Credit: Cook County Sherrif)
  • Nightmare the cat is recovering at the Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Credit: Chicago Animal Care and Control)
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CHICAGO, IL (CBS) - A 22-year-old South Side man is in the Cook County jail - accused of kicking a kitten like it was a football.

The kitten belonged to Percy Love, according to police. Officers said they saw Love kick the kitten at least 15 feet into the air. Love then raised his arms like he had just made a field goal.

"It's horrifying," said Cherie Travis, the executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

The agency is now taking care of the kitten, which Love had named "Nightmare."

"He seems to be doing fairly well," Travis said. "He's a very, very friendly cat ... which somehow makes it all the more unbelievable that somebody would do that."

Veterinarians are taking x-rays to determine if the kitten suffered any fractures.

Travis said the cat will likely be put up for adoption.

Love has been charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty but is in the Cook County Jail because he has violated his parole on a 2008 burglary.

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