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Marion County sheriff adopts kitten abused in video that went viral

Kitten abused in viral video now adopted, back to full health

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – A sheriff from Marion County adopted an abused kitten Tuesday after a video showing a Florida teen throwing a rock at the kitten went viral. 

The 15-year-old boy accused of abusing the kitten was arrested last month. The cat was found with a bleeding nose and was taken to Marion County Animal Services to be treated for severe facial trauma.

Now, the kitten has made a full recovery and is at her safe, forever home. She also has a new name: Olaf.

Sheriff Billy Woods, who adopted the cat, stressed in a video posted on the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page that animal cruelty is an issue that is important to the Sheriff's Office. 

WELCOME HOME, OLAF WOODS!

WELCOME HOME, OLAF WOODS! Animal abuse/cruelty is an issue that is very important to us, and all of us at the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) are dedicated to protecting our furry friends. You might remember a disturbing video on social media of an attack on a female kitten that occurred here in Marion County. After a thorough investigation, we arrested a 15-year old juvenile for that crime. We have a wonderful update to share with you today! The kitten, whose name is now Olaf, has made a full recovery and was just adopted by Sheriff Woods and his wife this morning. We can promise you that this sweet little girl will never be abused again, and will be under the personal protection of the Sheriff himself for the rest of her life. Please help us welcome Olaf Woods to our family!! THANK YOU to the staff at Marion County Animal Services for all of your support during this investigation and for nursing Ms. Olaf back to health! We are so thankful for you!!

Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 7, 2019

"We can promise you that this sweet little girl will never be abused again, and will be under the personal protection of the sheriff himself for the rest of her life. Please help us welcome Olaf Woods to our family," the Facebook post said.

Woods and his wife will take care of the kitten, along with their dogs, donkey and three-legged cow.