A teenager who posted videos of himself torturing a cat on YouTube has been arrested after being traced by internet “vigilantes”.
The youth was shown throwing the animal against a wall, hitting it in the face and holding it under a running shower in the gruesome clips.
In one film titled PattyCatPattyCat he describes the cat, Dusty, as his “test subject”. Another youth can be heard laughing in the background.
The film was eventually removed by the video-sharing website and the account hosting all the clips shut down, but only after some of the 30,000 people who had been horrified by footage had begun tracking the alleged culprit.
The teenager introduced himself only as Timmy and wore a balaclava to hide his identity, but clued-up web users pieced together information from other social networking websites including Facebook, MySpace and Digg to come up with a name of a likely culprit.
They reportedly matched details in the background of one of the videos to photos of a bedroom posted on one social networking site.
Police in Lawton, Oklahoma, have arrested two youths in relation to the animal abuse after receiving information from members of the public and the animal rights group Peta. Officers are now preparing a case against the teenagers.
“It will be up to the District Attorney whether or not he files charges or not. Our job is to put the investigation together as a case and take it to the DA and that’s what we’ll do,” Sheriff Kenny Stradley told KSWO news.
Dusty is now being looked after by a local vet, and is said to be doing well.