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Man charged with kicking his kitten 15 feet then signaled a field goal, police say

Percy Love has been charged with animal cruelty. He is accused kicking his c'Nightmare' (inset). | Courtesy

Percy Love has been charged with animal cruelty. He is accused of kicking his cat "Nightmare" (inset). | Courtesy

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Updated: February 27, 2012 9:50AM

Police charged a South Side man with animal cruelty after officers say they watched him take a running start and kick his kitten 15 feet before raising his arms to signal a field goal.

The officers immediately arrested a laughing Percy Love, 22, after he allegedly kicked the small black cat Monday afternoon in the 6200 block of South Campbell, police said.

He told officers: “This is my cat, Nightmare. He is tough, we play like that all the time. It’s just a cat,” police said.

Officers cared for the cat until Animal Care and Control workers took custody. Animal Care and Control Director Cherie Travis said on her Facebook page that, “Despite the terrible abuse, the cat . . . is doing quite well. He’s in medical today getting an exam and X-rays. He is a very friendly and affectionate cat.”

Love, of the 6500 block of South Maplewood, was ordered held on $50,000 bond and his next hearing is Feb. 1.

James Scalzitti

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