Man faces possible 2-year sentence for allegedly torturing kitten in video posted on Facebook

PARIS -- Officials say a 24-year-old man accused of throwing a kitten high into the air and uploading a video clip of the act to his Facebook profile faces up to two years in prison and a 30,000-euro ($40,500) fine.

The accused faces charges of animal cruelty Monday in Marseille. France's national animal welfare association SPA is organizing a demonstration outside the courthouse at 1300 GMT.

The video shows the man throwing the 4-month-old kitten named Oscar high into the air towards a large bush. A second clip shows him throwing the cat at an apartment building wall, and the cat plunging hard onto a concrete sidewalk.

The Marseille SPA office says it is treating Oscar for a broken foot and a stomach injury suffered in the attack.

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