A Chicago teenager faces charges after allegedly videotaping himself pouring scalding water on a cat and posting it to Facebook Tuesday night.
Leon Teague, of the 6900 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, has been charged with one felony count of animal torture and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty after a video was uncovered showing the 18-year-old luring a cat on a porch and dousing it with boiling water, according to police.
In the video a white cat with black spots can be seen near a blue litter box and a feeding tray outside on the rear porch of a home with someone behind the camera holding a black pot with hot water. The man in the video can be heard making noises to get the cat to come in his direction and then, once it comes close enough, burning the animal.
After being hit with the scorching water, the video shows the cat immediately begin to howl loudly before running for safety away from the porch.
The man in the video can be heard then yelling loudly at the cat, telling it to “never come back.”
After the video was posted to the social media website at 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Cook County Sheriffs Department and the Chicago Police Department Animal Crimes team was able to identify the offender as the South Side teenager.
The cat was last seen alive in the area but ran away when officers tried to catch it, police said.
Teague is scheduled to appear in Cook County Bond Court Friday afternoon.