BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — A Bronx man has been charged with animal cruelty after he was caught lighting a cat on fire.
Police responded to a call on Friday for a report of a dead animal in front of a building on 182nd St in the Belmont section of the Bronx.
A superintendent showed police a video of a man pouring fluid on a cat who was lying on the ground in front of the location.
The video then shows the man using a lighter to set the cat on fire before fleeing the scene.
The man was identified through the surveillance tape and arrested.
Police charged 31-year-old Ernesto Bailey with aggravated cruelty to animals, torture of an animal, reckless endangerment and arson.