Fontana man arrested for badly abusing kitten, police say

- Fontana police arrested a man for allegedly trying to kill a kitten -- several times. Despite the horrendous abuse reported, the kitten named "Olive" lived.

Lucio Cota Lopez, 34, was arrested Tuesday for the alleged assault of a 3 to 4-month-old stray kitten. An investigation revealed Lopez was upset with the kitten for entering the apartment.

Witnesses reported Lopez allegedly placed the kitten in the freezer, and later took the kitten out and began squeezing its body as the frightened kitten cried out in pain.

According to police, Lopez then threw the kitten off the second story balcony. The small kitten struck the concrete floor, resulting in major injuries to its chest and a fractured leg.  

Lopez was arrested by officers and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for animal cruelty and an outstanding warrant.

Fontana Animal Services responded to the scene and transported the kitten to the veterinarian for emergency treatment. The kitten is doing as well as could be, but will need surgery and much needed love.

Click here to check out a GoFundMe for Olive.

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