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Clinton Woman Arrested for Throwing Cat Off Balcony in New Jersey: Newark Police Department

The 19-year-old was seen throwing the cat from the balcony in a video posted to social media

A 19-year-old woman has been arrested for animal cruelty, Newark Police Department officials said.

Officers arrested Tikeemah Lassiter, of Clifton, on Saturday. She was charged with animal cruelty. 

A concerned citizen alerted Newark police Thursday to a social media video allegedly showing Lassiter throwing a cat from a third-floor balcony in the 300-block of South Orange Avenue, authorities said.

Detectives determined Lassiter was a suspect after they discovered she had been visiting relatives in Newark at the time of the incident.

The cat survived the incident and is currently in the care of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, police said. A veterinarian will examine the cat and determine its appropriate placement.

A $10,000 warrant was previously issued for her arrest by New Jersey Transit Police for an assault. 

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