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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Friday February 2nd, 2018 :: 07:11 p.m. PST


Online Video Leads to Arrest of Teenager for Animal Cruelty

Patterson, CA – Late yesterday evening, Patterson Police Services deputies received information about a disturbing video, which had been posted on a private Facebook group page for local residents. The video showed a young man throwing a cat in large body of water as he and others were joking about the action. The Patterson Police Services Facebook page also received several private messages informing us of the video and the identity of the subject.

During the overnight hours, deputies continued their investigation and were able to identify the subject as 18-year old Garratt Haile of Patterson. Deputies were able to contact Garratt at his residence and interview him. Garratt was arrested this morning at about 8:00 AM and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for felony animal cruelty.

It is believed this incident occurred several months ago and that several other subjects were with Garratt at the time the video was recorded. Detectives are still investigating this incident to identify other subjects and the location where the incident took place.

“This is an excellent example of the public’s cooperation and we certainly appreciate it,” said Patterson Police Services Chief Jeff Dirkse. “With calls we received and the information shared to us via social media, we were able to quickly investigate, identify, and make an arrest in this case.”

If you have any information on this investigation please call Deputy Torres at 209-652-5385.

If you have any tips, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward


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