California police are searching for a teenager caught on social media throwing a kitten across the street.
A Snapchat video shows the teen raising the animal with both hands and throwing it into the air on a street in the city of Ontario. You can see the cat hitting the ground.
Police say the cat survived the incident but suffered a broken leg. It is believed that the child is 16 years old.
The 10-second video has provoked an angry reaction from users of social networks.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the Ontario Police Department said they would not reveal the suspect's name because of his age. It has not been located yet.
The local CBSLA television station has spoken with residents of the community who say they know the identity of the 16-year-old.
"He spends his time in the alley all the time," Oscar Ramos told the station. "He probably did it just to look good on video."
Police say they have spoken with the owners of the cat, who confirmed that the cat was safe, but injured.
Are quoted by a local NBC affiliate said the video It is too distressing to be seen.
"I just want you to know that you hurt a victim who can not defend himself," said one of the owners, Perla.
The cat, called Spots, was a stray dog they found four months ago.
The video provoked a strong reaction from the users of the social networks, with many angry about the actions represented in the video.
On Twitter, MissXBlondie described the behavior as "sick".
Another Twitter user, Ellie Butcher, said the video was "unpleasant".