Cat Falls Six Stories And Survives: Accident Or Cruelty?

A cat{}went flying out the window of the Helm Building{}Friday morning in downtown Fresno.{}{}{}{}Still to be determined is whether it was{}a case of animal cruelty or an accident. {}{}

The cat{}on the mend and in the Fresno{}SPCA hospital is affectionately named Fulton.{} It was born ten years ago on the Fulton Mall and homeless people say it's been hanging around ever since.{}

Friday morning Barbara Smith said she saw her beloved Fulton tossed out the window by a Helm Building employee.{}{}"That wasn't right and then what make it so bad he laughed. {} He looked down and laughed, ha, ha, ha, ha."

Arthur Lanzrian Senior is also a friend of Fulton. {} He came to the cat's aid right after it fell.{}{}"I went up and{}I pet the cat and he moved. {} So then{}I tried to pick him up and he clawed me."

Animal control was on the scene in minutes and Fulton was rushed to the{}SPCA hospital for treatment.{}{}

The general manager of the Helm Building says{}it was not a case of animal cruelty. {} Charles Atikian says his workers were trying to clear the building of stray animals. {}

He says the cat got spooked and jumped out an open window on the sixth floor.{} Atikian believes the cat may have been trapped in the building for sometime and just wanted out.

Fulton the cat's friends on the mall aren't convinced{}especially Lanzrian Senior.{}{}"To me anybody that throws an animal out of a window or kicks an animal or mistreats an animal and ties him up for any reason should be punished. {} They should go to jail."

Fresno Police Officers were on the mall but didn't get involved in the case.{} Meantime back at the hospital Fulton is mending but not in the mood for visitors after falling six stories.

The{}SPCA says Fulton is in stable condition and seems to be in good shape after such a hard fall.