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Sheriff: Man wanted for setting cat on fire in Middletown

Kevin Sullivan (Butler County Sheriff's Office) Kevin Sullivan (Butler County Sheriff's Office)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

Authorities are searching for a man accused of burning a cat alive in a Middletown neighborhood last month. 

Kevin Sullivan, 32, set the animal on fire using lighter fluid, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office. It happened September 19 on Howard Street.

When Middletown Police arrived on the scene, one of the officers "had to shoot the cat to put it out of its misery," stated a press release from the sheriff's office.

Sullivan is now charged with cruelty to animals.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

"This is absolutely disturbing, and this guy definitely needs to be off the streets," said Sheriff Richard Jones. "I have room for him here in my jail, where he needs to be."

A neighbor's surveillance video shows the moments after the cat was set on fire. WARNING: Video is graphic and disturbing. Mobile users can view video here

If you have any information on Sullivan's whereabouts, contact the Butler County Sheriff's Office at (513) 785-1300.

You can also anonymously text the word "COPS" to 274637.

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