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Fontana man suspected in kitten tossing incident charged with animal cruelty

By in Press Enterprise on February 9, 2018

By Gail Wesson

The Fontana man suspected of sticking a kitten in the freezer, squeezing it and throwing it from a balcony window because she entered his apartment has been charged with felony cruelty to an animal, according to a tweet from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Lucio Cota Lopez, 34, is scheduled for arraignment Friday, Feb. 9, in San Bernardino County Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga, according to jail records.

His court date coincides with a surgery date for the 3-month-old kitten named Olive.

Fontana man who threw a kitten out of a second-story balcony charged with one felony count of Animal Cruelty. The kitten is scheduled for surgery tomorrow. #LucioLopez

— SB District Attorney (@sbcountyda) February 8, 2018

Fontana police said Lopez was upset because the kitten entered the defendant’s apartment. He left home in the 9200 block of Olive Street before police arrived but they found him about an hour later in the 8900 block of Oleander Avenue in the city.

Fontana police say that Olive the kitten was stuffed into a freezer, then squeezed and then thrown off a second-story balcony in the 9200 block of Olive Street on Tuesday morning, Feb. 6. (Photo courtesy of Fontana Police Department)

When thrown, the kitten hit the concrete pavement “resulting in major injuries to its chest and a fractured leg,” the police statement said.

Fontana Animal Services took the kitten to a veterinarian and officials said she would need surgery “and much needed love.” The staff named the kitten Olive.

Lopez remains in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Bail is set at $50,000, according to jail records.


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