UPDATED 03/01/12 10:35 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for kicking his cat.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, some police officers said they saw Percy Love kick the small, black cat he had named Nightmare. The cat went flying 15 to 18 feet in the air, as Love raised his arms to signal a successful field goal.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the 6200 block of South Campbell Avenue.

Police said Love rationalized kicking his cat by saying: “He is tough, we play like that all the time. It’s just a cat.”

Love has been in jail ever since. He had been held on $50,000 bond.

On Wednesday, Criminal Court Judge Tommy Brewer sentenced Love to 90 days in the Cook County Jail, after finding him guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Brewer gave Love credit for the 37 days he has already served.

Percy Love

Percy Love has been convicted of animal cruelty for kicking his cat like a football. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Officers cared for the male cat until Animal Care and Control workers took it for treatment at their facility, at 2741 S. Western Ave.

Animal Care and Control Director Cherie Travis said on her Facebook page that, “Despite the terrible abuse, the cat (who the defendant called “Nightmare”) is doing quite well. He is a very friendly and affectionate cat.”

On Wednesday, she added that “The cat, now named Avery, was adopted … and is doing wonderfully with his new family, which includes dogs and cats.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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