Two arrested in Walker kitten tossing case
WALKER - Police arrested two men they said threw a group of kittens out of their truck after they were told the animals couldn't be given to the Walker animal shelter.
Officers arrested Victor Romero, 31, and his father Oscar Romero, 53, of Satsuma after they said a photo taken by the animal control director helped them identify the truck the kittens were thrown from.
Walker Police said the incident on July 9 happened after one of the Romeros brought in four kittens he said he'd found on South Satsuma Road. After animal control officers explained the shelter can't accept animals found outside the city limits, they said the man got angry and left.
The shelter director followed the Romeros pickup and told police she saw them throw the kittens out of the truck, then speed off. Animal control workers collected the kittens, who weren't hurt, and contacted police.
Walker Police said the truck was registered to Oscar Romero's wife, who told investigators her stepson Victor often used the truck. Police said Victor confessed to throwing the kittens out of the pickup, and told them his father Oscar had been the one driving.
This week police issued four misdemeanor citations for animal cruelty to Victor Romero. When police went to do the same to Oscar Romero they said he refused to cooperate and got into a struggle with officers, leading to him being arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty, careless operation, driving under suspension and resisting arrest. He posted a $3,530 bond and was released from jail.
If found guilty of the animal cruelty charges, the two men could be fined up to $500 and sentenced up to 60 days in jail for each count.