Warrant issued for man suspected of swinging cat around on leash, slamming it into ground

Harry Lee Lathon, Jr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A warrant has been issued for the man suspected of abusing a cat in late August.

The Columbus City Attorney’s Office is looking for 21-year-old Harry Lee Lathon, Jr. His last known address was 1899 Minnesota Avenue.

He is charged with torturing a companion animal, a first-degree misdemeanor.

On August 27, 2015, at approximately 11 a.m., Lathon was seen in the Southpark apartment complex on Greenfield Avenue riding a bicycle and dragging a cat by a leash.

The suspect reportedly swung the cat over his head in a “windmill” motion and slammed the cat into the ground. The suspect later carried the cat to a dumpster where a good Samaritan found the cat—still alive.

“Most of our cruelty cases are lack of medical, lack of nutrition or abandonment. This is particularly perverse case,” said Bill Hedrick, Chief of Staff for Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer.

The cat suffered multiple life-threatening injuries and was humanely euthanized upon exam by CAHS staff.

The Capital Area Humane Society was offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the man responsible for allegedly abusing the cat.

Charges against him were filed in October. When failed to appear in court, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the city attorney’s office at (614) 645-8874 or email Bill Hedrick at brhedrick@columbus.gov .

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