Vancouver man arrested after 'horrifying' kitten torture video
Jordan Lucas, 28, is accused of torturing a kitten for more than 50 minutes and videotaping himself. Aug. 24, 2012. (CTV)
Christine Tam , CTV British Columbia
Published Friday, August 24, 2012 12:04PM PDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 25, 2012 3:40PM PDT
A Vancouver man who allegedly videotaped himself violently torturing a kitten for more than 50 minutes on his cell phone has been arrested, according to the SPCA.
Jordan Lucas, 28, originally from Vernon, B.C. was arrested in Richmond on Thursday and charged with one count of animal cruelty.
SPCA cruelty manager Marcie Moriarty said the “horrifying” video was discovered after a woman purchased a used cell phone.
“To her horror, the cell phone still contained a video lasting more than 50 minutes of a helpless kitten being violently abused and tortured,” she said.
Moriarty said the abuse included throwing the black and white kitten against furniture, punching, slapping, strangling, asphyxiation and spinning the black and white kitten around with a cord around its neck.
At several points during the video the kitten groaned, cried and appeared to be injured and disoriented.
Moriarty said a male hand with a distinctive tattoo was visible in the video and police were able to identify Lucas based on the tattoo.
Const. Lindsey Houghton said Lucas has a lengthy criminal record including 12 convictions for assault, robbery, uttering threats, possession, mischief and failing to comply.
Moriarty said they don’t know whether the kitten is still alive and investigators will be speaking to Lucas Friday to determine what happened to the cat.
“This type of pre-meditated torture, the violence link and, yes, some people might just think ‘it’s a kitten,’ but that display of behaviour is a warning sign.”
Lucas appeared in Vancouver court on Friday for a bail hearing.
He also faces unrelated charges for robbery and two weapon offences dating back to 2010.