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Woman who posted viral video of cat in washing machine faces abuse charges

Young Russian couple decided to 'punish' their kitten for not using the litter box

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A young Russian couple decided to “punish” their kitten for not using the litter box by placing the animal inside a washing machine and posting the video on social media, the Russian Times reported on Saturday.

As the video went viral, online outrage discovered footage of the young woman in the couple, identified as 19-year-old Dinara Iskulova, and a group of friends kicking a boy rolled up in a carpet. The boy’s 33-year-old mother also appears in the video, but allegedly does nothing to stop the beating.

“Following from the evidence uncovered in the investigation into what happened, a criminal case for torture of a minor has been opened,” the spokesperson for the office of criminal investigations for the Chelyabinsk region told Chelyabinsk.ru website.

According to media reports, details have emerged regarding Iskulova’s violent background suggesting that she grew up in a drinking family and that she had already been registered with police for an unspecified minor offence.

The young woman said she has received plenty of threats since the video of the cat abuse went public, according to the Russian news website.