A man was arrested after he abused a cat on a bridge in Waterbury.
Police said they received a complaint that a small animal was heard crying from the bridge area near South Leonard Street.
They said witnesses saw a man standing on the bridge over the Naugatuck River. He appeared to be choking a small cat and proceeded to throw the animal into the river below.
Kenneth George, who runs a food cart across the street, ran towards the area when he heard the cries.
"I was shocked. Anyone would be when someone takes an animal and treats it like a tea bag," said George.
Police said the suspect then threw large pieces of asphalt over the bridge at the cat while it was in the water.
Witnesses then reported that the suspect entered the river and had the cat with a makeshift noose around its neck. He pulled the cat under the water in an attempt to drown it.
George said the man had even grabbed a hammer, but ran away when he was followed by witnesses.
Fortunately, George recorded the entire incident on video, which helped
Police said Brian Casson, 39, of Waterbury was promptly arrested and charged with animal cruelty and breach of peace.
Casson has previously been arrested for robbery and assault, among other charges.
Officers said they found the cat under the South Leonard Street Bridge. It was taken to the Mattatuck Animal Hospital for treatment and evaluation.
The cat is alive, but is having difficulty breathing front several internal injuries, according to police.
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