Shocking moment boy hurls cat off quarry ledge as it plummets hundreds of feet into water

12 July 2023, 07:24 | Updated: 12 July 2023, 15:11

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A young man was seen hurling a cat off a quarry in shocking video footage posted online
A young man was seen hurling a cat off a quarry in shocking video footage posted online. Picture: Social Media

By Emma Soteriou

Shocking video footage appears to show a boy hurling a cat off a quarry ledge, with the animal left to plummet hundreds of feet into the water below.

The young man appears to be holding the black and white cat in one hand before hurling it over the ledge and watching as it splashes into the water.

He can be heard saying "I'm sorry" before throwing the animal.

Meanwhile, a second youngster is seen watching on in the background and the person recording can be heard laughing.

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The video has seen a huge backlash online, with one person tweeting in response to the video: "Why would [you] ever do that?"

Another person said: "Absolutely disgusting makes me feel sick."

A third person added: "Disgrace."

Lancashire Police responded to the clip circulating, saying: "Thanks for flagging. We are aware and we're looking into the incident and where it happened."

A spokesperson for the force said: "We are aware of a video which has been posted on social media which appears to show an act of cruelty to a cat in the Carnforth area.

"This is a matter which we are investigating - we are establishing the exact circumstances and where it happened.

"Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting log 1803 of July 10, 2023."

It is unclear whether the animal survived, with some viewers speculating the animal may have been dead before he threw it.

Police today confirmed an arrest had been made.

Lancashire Police posted on Facebook: "Further to our earlier post about a video of a cat appearing to be thrown from a cliff into water, we can confirm a man has been arrested.

"An 18-year-old man from Carnforth has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and is in custody."