Beachgoers take in couple torturing kitten on Sunny Isles Beach

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida. – A kitten was seen being tossed around like a toy in Sunny Isles Beach and a local animal lover stepped in to save this kitten.

Local 10 animal rights activist Jacey Birch spoke to the witness, who called police and began recording the incident in hopes she could save the kitten’s life.

Eight officers were on site at the end of September.

“The guy started getting so aggressive towards me,” said Natalia Martin, who witnessed the abuse. “He comes up and says, ‘Hey, look, that’s my cat. That does not concern you. I can do what I want.’ And then he said, ‘If you don’t want me to throw the cat, give me $1,000 now.

Martin called beach security and eventually the police.

“They threw her in the water like that,” Martin said. “They tried to get her to swim and the cat was so scared she was already passing out. She was half alive.”

Kitten rescued in Sunny Isles Beach. (WPLG)

A man and a woman appeared to be terrorizing the little kitten in the sea right in front of many beachgoers, who were recording everything on their cellphones.

“They were just trying to pick them up and throw them again,” Martin said. “There was a beach full of people. They tried to look and see what was going on. Everyone was shocked.”

After police approached the couple for violating the “no animals on the beach” rule, they were also told to leave the beach.

But according to a police report, 27-year-old John Laguerre resisted arrest, yelling obscenities at officers and being defiant.

The woman, identified by police as Jamarria Wayne, 22, is accused of yelling at officers and telling them she was going to bite them.

Both were eventually arrested.

At this point in all the chaos that was taking place on the beach, Martin wasn’t even concerned about arrests or any charges. She had only one thing in mind – to save the kitten.

“The cop gave me this kitten,” Martin said. “I put her in the towel, wrote the police report — me and my friend, we did the police report.”

“The kitten was rescued. She was shaking all over – she was barely alive,” Martin added.

Wayne was charged with two counts of assault and attempted assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, while Laguerre was charged with resisting arrest and animal cruelty — both misdemeanor charges.

The out-of-towners never went to veterinary services to get their cat again – something Martin is grateful for.

“I took this cat. I officially adopted her two days after this incident,” Martin said.

The two arrested have now formed an alliance.

In the meantime, Martin was able to take the kitten back in.

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