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Man who videotaped kitten torture arrested in Richmond (graphic content)

A Vancouver man who used his cell phone to record himself violently torturing a kitten for more than 50 minutes was arrested yesterday in Richmond, months after the act took place.

He was transferred to Vancouver for a bail hearing on Friday.

“On April 26 we were contacted by a woman who had purchased a used cell phone,” said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA. “To her horror, the cell phone still contained a video lasting more than 50 minutes of a helpless kitten being violently abused and tortured.”

Moriarty said the abuse included throwing the kitten against furniture, punching, slapping, strangling, asphyxiation and spinning the black and white kitten around with a cord around its neck. She said at several points during the video the kitten groaned and cried and appeared to be injured and disoriented.

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The SPCA said they do not expect the kitten survived.

“On the video only a male’s hands are visible, but the left hand had a distinctive tattoo,” said Moriarty. “With the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department we were able to trace the phone and make an exact match of the tattoo and identify Jordan Lucas.”

Charges were approved in the case earlier this month and a warrant was issued for Lucas’ arrest.

He was also wanted for breach of probation on unrelated charges, and was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

He will face one count of animal cruelty under Section 445. 1 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

If convicted, Lucas faces up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $10,000 and up to a lifetime prohibition of owning or having custody of animals.