DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas Animal Services officer is accused of animal cruelty.

Eric Pogue was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by the City for failure to follow procedure and violence against an animal.

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In a statement, the City said Pogue violently threw a 4-week-old kitten after it bit him. The kitten suffered severe trauma during the incident and was non-responsive as a result.

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Pogue is charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, which is a third-degree felony. He was also placed on Administrative Leave.

Dallas Animal Services said cruelty of any type isn’t tolerated.

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How could anyone hurt a harmless kitten? (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)