The Boyne City man is accused of abusing the kitten and also threatening the person who told police.
Paul Wicker was arrested in Boyne City and charged with animal abuse and felony witness intimidation.
A woman found the kitten, who is now named Murphy, last week.
His tail had an infection and had to be amputated and chunks of his fur had to be shaved to remove the toxic paint.
9 & 10s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone have our continuing coverage on the case and what's in store for Murphy's future.
"We've got him locked in on this complaint and we can put the public at ease that we don't have someone running around here injuring other animals," Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider said.
The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department say the have found the man who they say is responsible for abusing a stray kitten.