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Stratford man charged after being in possession of 2 cats, police say

A 19-year-old Stratford man is facing several charges after he allegedly broke his prohibition order for being in possession of two cats, one of which was the same cat he was convicted of abusing in March according to Stratford Police.

19-year-old accused of breaching probation order by having cats in his possession

A 19-year-old man was arrested after Stratford Police said he broke his prohibition order that said he was not to be in possession of any animals. Stratford Police said they received information that the man was in possession of two cats. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A 19-year-old Stratford man is facing several charges after allegedly breaking his prohibition order by being in possession of two cats, one of which was the same cat he was convicted of abusing in March.

Stratford Police arrested and charged the man Tuesday after officers were told he had the cats.

The man was charged in March after a video showed him abusing a cat surfaced online. The video went viral across southern Ontario, police said. He was later convicted of permitting the pain and suffering of an animal.

The man was issued a prohibition order saying he was not to be in possession of any animals.

Police said officers went to the man's home in the south end of Stratford on Tuesday and found two cats. 

Police said the cats seem to be well cared for and showed no sign of being harmed. The cats were taken to the humane society.

The man was taken into custody, but was later released. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.

Abandoned kittens

Meanwhile, Stratford Police are asking the public for help after a woman found a bag of kittens in a trash can at a cemetery in St. Marys Sunday afternoon.

Police said the woman was walking her dog when she heard meowing coming from a trash can. When she checked, she found a tied up bag with five kittens inside.

The kittens were taken to the St. Marys Veterinary Clinic. Police said the kittens appear to be only a few days old and believed to have been abandoned 12 hours prior to the woman finding them.

"At this time, only two kittens have survived," police said in a release.

Police have opened an investigation into animal cruelty.