BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah -- (KSTU) -- The Box Elder County Sheriff's Office announced it has cited a 21-year-old with cruelty to animals after a video surfaced on social media of the man apparently throwing a cat from a driveway.
21-year-old Kyle Martin Smith was cited for cruelty to animals, a Class B misdemeanor.
"On 05/16/2018 at about 12:30 PM a Box Elder County Sheriff’s Deputy made contact with a complaining party by phone about a video that they had witnessed on social media," the department wrote. "The complainant described the video showing a male individual throwing a cat from a driveway at what appeared to be a residence."
Sheriff's officials said Smith admitted to throwing the cat and taking a video of the incident.
"His statement was he had been playing with the cat and did not know that he was being filmed at the time; the impulse came upon him to pick up and throw the cat," sheriff's officials wrote. "He added that the cat was not injured."