BUFORD, Ga. - A 10-week-old kitten is recovering after police said a man beat her with a large stick.
Investigators told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh the suspect didn't want the stray cat in his yard.
Gwinnett County Animal Control officers brought the kitten to the Sugar Hill Animal Hospital after the alleged attack.
Dr. Angela Earick said when the kitten showed up, she was suffering from head trauma, was lethargic and her left eye swollen shut.
Police said they got a call Tuesday morning about a dispute between neighbors on Sturgeon Road in Buford after Michael Glover, 40, complained the cat was "antagonizing" his pit bull.
A neighbor showed the officer the kitten in his
yard, allegedly curled up and barely moving.
Police said Glover admitted to grabbing a stick and hitting the kitten with it.
After investigators assessed the kitten's injuries, they charged Glover with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals.
The vet said one of the first things she did was extensive X-rays on the kitten. Luckily they didn't see any obvious injuries to her skull or her body.
"I would say she's very lucky," Earick told Kavanaugh. "She's been in our ICU overnight with fluids and had some pain medication and she's responding great."
According to the police report, Glover told the officer he worried the arrest would violate his probation.
Kavanaugh dug into his criminal record and discovered Glover has been arrested 19 times, doing two stints in Georgia prisons.
At last check, Glover remained in the Gwinnett County Jail.
"You can't understand how someone could do anything mean to something as cute and defenseless as this," Earick said, holding the kitten.
Earick said fortunately she expects the kitten to make a full recovery. Animal control took the kitten back to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter and hopes to have the kitten ready for adoption by late next week.