A Florida woman is caught on camera violently slamming a cat to the ground several times at a home in central Florida.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Sabrina Wood on felony animal cruelty charges last week.
In the video, Wood is seen grabbing a black-and-white cat by its neck while carrying it to a garage where she slammed it against a chain. She is seen hitting the cat a few times before pounding it on the concrete. She hit the cat again before wrangling its neck.
Investigators say 31-year-old Sabrina Wood is caught on camera slamming a cat to the ground in a garage on Jan. 24, 2021. Deputies arrested her on Oct. 15, 2021, on felony animal cruelty charges.
The investigation into the animal cruelty began when authorities with the Florida Department of Children and Families went to the woman’s home to investigate a separate allegation involving Wood and her child. Family members provided a copy of the surveillance video to DCF who then notified the sheriff’s office.
“This is the most inhumane thing I have ever seen done to any animal,” wrote the DCF case worker.
The incident happened on January 24 at a home in Cocoa where Wood lived with her boyfriend, who happened to be the grandson of the homeowner. They had moved out by the time the sheriff’s office became involved in the investigation in late September. The homeowner said she gave a copy of the video to Wood’s probation officer but she didn’t believe any action had been taken.
A veterinarian with the Animal Services division of the sheriff’s office saw the video and wrote up a report.
“The video shows a woman performing multiple violent acts of swinging, banging, punching, and slamming into solid objects and the ground with full force a cat known as ‘Mrs. Pris,'” wrote Dr. Christina Jenkins. “These acts appear to have caused grievous bodily harm, injury and possibly death.”
Jenkins added the cat “experienced aggravated and extreme unnecessary pain, suffering, torment and intentional torture.”
Investigators said the homeowner confronted Wood about the incident. Wood replied, “I know, I over-reacted, I shouldn’t have done that,” according to the arrest warrant.
The cat died six months later for unknown reasons, authorities said.
Wood remains at the Brevard County Jail on a $35,000 bond.