Caught on Cam 'Kitten Juggler' Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

Chinese restaurant owner pleads guilty to caught on camera abuse towards tiny cats

By Dan Stamm and Lauren DiSanto
|  Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:59 PM EDT
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Man Caught on Camera Juggling Kittens: SPCA

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Chen was caught on surveillance video abusing the animals.

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Alleged Kitten Abuser Out of Jail

Yu Zhen Chen, was released from jail Sunday night after posting bond. Chen was arrested after police saw video of him tossing kittens in the air and swinging them around. NBC10's Christine Maddela tried to speak to Chen on Monday, but he wasn't too happy to see her.

Man Caught on Camera Juggling Kittens: SPCA

NBC10 has obtained video that shows what investigators with the Pennsylvania SPCA say is one of the most gruesome cases of animal abuse they've ever seen. They say the man caught on tape is 25-year-old Yuzhen Chen, the owner of the Red Star Chinese take-out restaurant in Logan. NBC10's Claudia Rivero reports.
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The Philadelphia man caught on surveillance camera juggling kittens inside a Logan Chinese restaurant pleaded guilty to cruelty to four counts of animal cruelty.

YuZhen Chen, 26, received two years of probation, according to court records.

Chen was arrested in July after Philadelphia Police saw video that showed him throwing kittens in the air, rolling them on the ground, and swinging them in circles.

Police investigating a shooting at the Red Star Chinese take-out restaurant say they found video of Chen, who owned the restaurant at the time, abusing the cats. Cops then contacted the SPCA.

"This is not neglect. It's malicious and he was intending on purposely hurting and torturing these kittens it's very disturbing," said Richard Loos, PSPCA.

Investigators say they were only able to rescue the mother cat and two of her kittens.

Besides probation, Chen must also pay about $44 a month in penalties, according to court records.

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