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NY man charged with torturing kitten, making video

11/ 3/09 10:20 AM ET   AP

Rascell Williams

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Police are accusing a 22-year-old upstate New York man of hanging his girlfriend's four-month-old kitten with a belt and making a video of the animal struggling.

Joanne Cichy (SEE'-chee) told Syracuse police she couldn't find her kitten when she returned home Halloween night after going trick-or-treating with her children. The next day she found a video on her digital camera showing the kitten hanging from the apartment door with a belt around its neck.

Police said the video showed the kitten struggling before going motionless and Cichy's live-in boyfriend, Rascell Williams, stepping in and out of the video.

The injured kitten was later found alive under the porch.

Williams was charged with unjustifiable animal cruelty. Police did not know if he has an attorney.

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