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Teen charged with animal cruelty after Internet video of cat surfaces

Naim Robert Carter is accused of cheering and encouraging a boy to kick a cat off the porch of a home in Berkeley County

September 06, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An 18-year-old man who is accused of cheering and encouraging a boy to kick a cat off the porch of a home in Berkeley County in July was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Naim Robert Carter, of 561 Good Drive in Martinsburg, was arraigned on the charge Thursday by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25, according to court documents.

The alleged incident surfaced after a woman and her daughter told police on July 28 that they saw a video posted on the Internet, according to court documents.

Police were told that Carter recorded the video of the cat being kicked by a 14-year-old boy and cheered on the juvenile, according to court documents.

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy C.S. Merson said in the criminal complaint that he could not find the cat on Aug. 6 when he went to the Burdette Drive residence where the alleged abuse took place, according to court documents.

Merson determined the height of the porch from which the cat was kicked to be about 6 feet, according to court documents.

The video appears to show the cat being kicked in an “extremely hard manner,” Merson said in his complaint filed in magistrate court.

— Matthew Umstead

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