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UPDATE: West Liberty man bonds out after animal torture arrest

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A West Liberty man has been charged with aggravated animal torture after police say he abused his roommate's kitten for hours -- and the roommate caught it all on camera.

21-year-old Leo Nopoulos of West Liberty was arrested by the Iowa City Police Department and charged with animal torture.

He was released from the Johnson County Jail Wednesday after posting a $5,000 bond.

Nate Schloss, Nopoulos's roommate and a University of Iowa student, says his 8-week-old cat named Fritz is alive, but lost one eye and doesn't have vision in the other. Fritz also suffered other bruises and breaks as a result of the attack.

After suspecting something was amiss, Schloss set up his laptop earlier this month to monitor Fritz while he was away.

Police say the video shows Nopoulos punching, kicking and throwing objects at the kitten -- even throwing the kitten against the ceiling -- for more than three hours last week.

"If he did that to Fritz more than once, or another animal, who know what he would have done next," Schloss told KWWL.

Police say Nopoulos admitted to abusing the kitten.

Nopoulos did not return messages from KWWL seeking comment.

It wasn't immediately clear if Nopoulos has an attorney.

Schloss and Nopoulos became roommates through a mutual friend, according to Schloss.
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