A Cook County man was arrested on felony charges of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals after he allegedly threw a kitten in the air and it died upon hitting the ground. Many questions surround this arrest: 1) Did the man intend to be cruel to and/or kill the kitten? 2) Was it just an accident? 3) Are there any defenses? 4) Is the man competent to stand trial due to some mental illness?
Other examples of animal cruelty can range from horrific to laughable. Some horrific cases have dealt with the systematic torture and killing of animals. Others deal with accusations such as accidentally dropping a brick on a duck from the top of an apartment building or Chihuahuas shaking in fear from pooping in the house.