KUALA LUMPUR: A 36-year old man who slammed a cat to the ground after it had climbed onto his car windshield gave his statement at the Setapak police station this morning.
Wangsa Maju district police chief Rajab Ahad Ismail said the suspect had allegedly committed the act at a parking lot in front of a row of shophouses on Jalan Rejang, Setapak, yesterday.
He said closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of the incident was widely shared on social media and had caused a stir with many criticising the man for his horrific action.
“The suspect is believed to have acted consciously and the blow to the head could have caused the cat to suffer serious injuries as well as internal bleeding,” he said.
Rajab said the suspect, a Malaysian with no criminal records, arrived at the police station at 11.30am to give a statement after the 55-second clip had gone viral.
The man is under investigation for animal cruelty and, if convicted, can be punished with a fine of up to RM50,000, a year’s jail or both.