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Kitten abuse suspect faces more charges

01/24/2013 08:05 EST | Updated 03/26/2013 05:12 EDT
A Vancouver man already accused of using a cellphone to videotape himself torturing a kitten is facing even more charges, after the B.C. SPCA came across another 36 videos showing animal cruelty.

The B.C. SPCA says Jordan Lucas has been charged with two more counts of animal cruelty after videos were uncovered that show five cats and a mouse being tortured and killed over a two-month period in 2012.

Lucas was originally charged with one count of animal abuse last year, when a woman who had purchased a cellphone found a 50-minute video showing a man's hands abusing a kitten. The Vancouver Police Department matched a tattoo on the hands to the suspect, the BC SPCA says.

'Shocking and horrifying'

Lorie Chortyk, the B.C. SPCA's general manager of community relations, said the 36 videos are extremely disturbing, and depict sickening torture and abuse.

"While we cannot disclose details regarding the new videos, it would be fair to say that they contain truly some of the most shocking and horrifying images that we have ever seen," she said.

The new videos were turned over to the B.C. SPCA by a member of the public who found them.

Lucas remains in custody and will appear in court on Feb. 4 to face the additional charges.

The maximum sentence for animal cruelty, a criminal code offence, is five years in jail, a fine of up to $10,000 and up to a lifetime prohibition of owning or having custody of animal.

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