Accused Cat Slasher Faces Jail Time!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 3:45pm

Busted!  ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents have arrested Brooklyn resident Daniel Lawson for allegedly slicing the leg of his two-year-old male cat, Velet.

On Saturday, March 17, Agents responded to a complaint that a cat was brought into Animal Care & Control’s Brooklyn facility with a severe, six-inch cut to his right hind leg. Agents quickly brought Velet to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. An ASPCA investigation determined that Lawson inflicted Velet’s wound with a metal bar.

Lawson, 24, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent John Akdikmen and charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Lawson is due in Kings County Criminal Court on April 25.

ASPCA veterinarians expect Velet to make a full recovery. He’ll then become available for adoption!

If you know of an animal whose health is being compromised by neglect or abuse, please report it. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty in your neighborhood.

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Wow. People these days! Work your anger out on a pillow NOT Animals! If you not going to care for him/her don't take her/him!


Absolutely face jail.. A defenseless, helpless animal.. It has long been acknowledged that fundamentally, animal abusers have proclivity to become violent to people as well.. Make an example out the heartless pig..

DV Ramana Rao

Really stupid owner. Should be never be allowed to be in either human or animal family.

Tamasamoa Fita

Should do the same thing to him what he did to the cat.
I love cats and I have one at home.


Best wishes for Velet's recovery. I hope he finds a loving home where is cared for and cherished.


Anyone who uses violence to an animal is emotionally deranged at the least; Daniel Lawson is mentally ill and as such, should be treated as well as punished severely.

David Carroll

We all know cats can be annoying (just like women) but they (cats and women) don't deserve physical violence. Police should check if this was a once off.If not jail should be an option. Dublin, Eire