Canadian video game streamer under fire for throwing cat while playing

Jul 22 2019, 10:30 pm

A Canadian video game streamer is being called out for animal abuse after an incident that took place during a live stream.

Natalia Mogollon is best known online by her Twitch handle, Alinity.

She streams the game Apex Legends, a popular, free-to-play shooting game made by Electronic Arts, and has amassed a very impressive Twitch following in the process — 892,000 followers.

Currently, however, Alinity is facing a large amount of public backlash and an investigation for animal abuse. Last week, a clip surfaced of what looks to be the streamer throwing her cat during play.

The Twitter clip, which was posted on Thursday, July 18, has received more than 830,00 views along with mixed reactions from fans and other gamers.

Many users, were upset with the streamer’s actions, calling it animal abuse.

They also say that it’s not the first time that she’s committed some form of animal abuse.

Clips of two separate incidents were unearthed. One clip shows her allegedly spit vodka into her cat’s mouth.

Another clip captures what looks to be the streamer kicking her dog.

Some users, however, have argued that the incident is being overplayed, explaining that the animal likely enjoyed being tossed.

The incident also gained the attention of several animal protection organizations, who have stepped forward on social media.

For one, the PETA made the request for Alinity to be removed from Twitch, saying that the streamer uses the platform “to post animal abuse.”

The Saskatoon SPCA has also said that a formal cruelty complaint was filed with their Animal Protection department and is currently under investigation.

Shortly after the incident took place, Alinity issued an apology, explaining that she “dropped him on the floor behind [her] chair.” She emphasizes, however, that her animals are all “well-loved.”

“I also understand the desire to report me to pet authorities and encourage to do so if they feel pets are being mistreated,” she writes in a Tweet. “My animals are well-loved, and live in a warm and caring home, and I will comply with any authority that seeks to validate this.”

Most recently, she posted on Twitter asking for upset fans to stop visiting her house “and asking [her] neighbours where [she is].”

She also explained that the Saskatoon SPCA would be visiting her home over the next few days.

The animal rescue society has yet to issue a formal statement.

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