A Palatine man who picked up and threw a kitten has been charged with felony animal cuelty.
Palatine Police Cmdr. Mike Seebacher said 33-year-old Antonio Hernandez-Angel got into an argument with another family member over the cat making noise.
"He was upset the cat was making too much noise," Seebacher said. "He picked the cat up, lifted it over his head and threw it to the ground."
Seebacher said the 6-month-old orange tabby was taken to a 24-hour animal hospital. A veterinarian determined the kitten had sustain severe injuries and could not be saved. The animal was euthanized, Seebacher said.
The incident occurred at 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 in the 1900 block of North Green Lane.
Hernandez-Angel has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. His bond has been set at $10,000 with 10 percent needing to be posted. As a condition of the bond he is to have no contact with animals or family members.