Cat tossing teen sentenced to 30 days jail or 50 hours service

Still of Instagram video (provided)

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A teen ticketed for animal mistreatment was sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to Charleston Animal Society officials.

In a release Monday, CAS officials said that sentence can be waived if the teen completes 50 hours of community service.

The charges come from a series of videos posted on Facebook, Vine, and Instagram showing a teen boy tossing cats into the air. The videos came with the caption "F--- cats."

"In the first video, he throws a kitten up over telephone pole wires," Charleston Animal Society Cruelty Investigator Aldwin Roman said. "Both videos are difficult to watch because the treatment toward the kitten and the cat was cruel and clearly illegal."

A concerned citizen saw the videos and alerted CAS officials who investigated and sent their findings to Mt. Pleasant police..

The teen, 18-year-old Deonta Weaver of Summerville, was issued a citation last Fall. While Weaver lives in Summerville, he was visiting friends in Mt. Pleasant when he made the videos.

In Mt. Pleasant Municipal Court Monday, Weaver reportedly admitted he had thrown the cat and called his actions "stupid."

"We are glad justice prevailed in this case because Charleston Animal Society will not stand by and allow people to treat any animal in this manner," said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. "Studies have shown a clear link between animal cruelty and violence toward humans. {}When a case like this involves a young person it is very important for the community to intervene as early as possible."