A U.S. Marine who allegedly hurled a kitten 15 feet against a wall is due in court on Thursday, authorities said.
Fernando Pacheco, 27, was at a friend's home in midtown San Diego last June when the kitten either bit or scratched him, according to San Diego Humane Society officials. Pacheco allegedly threw the animal across a patio and into a wall, breaking its leg. The then-4-month-old cat also suffered head trauma, and its eyes and nose were bloodied as well.
Cullen the cat has recovered completely, according to the humane society, but the cat's owner incurred more than $5,000 in veterinary bills.
Humane society officials said they recently sent the results of their investigation to the district attorney's office after a long investigation.
Pacheco is scheduled to be in court Thursday afternoon to face animal cruelty charges, according to an official with the district attorney's office.