Man charged after video shared online appears to show man hitting cat: York police

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A 21-year-old man has been charged with cruelty to animals and breach of probation. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

GEORGINA, Ont. – York regional police say a 21-year-old man is facing animal cruelty charges after an investigation of an online video showing a cat being abused.

Police say they received multiple reports on Monday from concerned citizens who reported they had seen a video posted online of a man hitting a cat.

They say a suspect in the video was identified and investigators went to his Georgina, Ont., home with members of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Police say the Ontario SPCA will be continuing the investigation into the identity and well-being of the animal involved.

The man – who is charged with cruelty to animals and breach of probation – is to appear in Newmarket, Ont., court on Feb. 6.

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