Editor’s note: The incident took place in Strasburg, Virginia not Strasburg, Ohio as originally reported.
STRASBURG, Va. (WJW) — Police are investigating after they say a man in Virginia brutally attacked a cat on Saturday.
The Strasburg Police Department posted about the case on Facebook and said officers originally responded to a home for a disturbance. Upon arrival, they said it became clear that the suspect had badly beaten a cat before trying to hide it underneath a nearby building.
Police arrested Mohamed Zakaira Fahmy-Arape in connection to the crime. He has been charged with animal cruelty, assault and battery and strangulation.
The cat survived and was taken to the vet for medical attention. There are no updates on its condition at this time.
“Strasburg Police Department remains committed to serving all members of society, including and especially some of the most vulnerable: innocent animals who can’t speak for or defend themselves,” the Facebook post stated.