ASPCA Arrests Father and Son for Beating Cat to Death

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:30am

We never get used to it. No matter how many cases of cruelty our team investigates, the brutality of it still hits us hard in the heart. This case was no exception. In mid-July our Humane Law Enforcement department received a call from an eyewitness who saw a father and son beating their cat to death with a stick. We jumped into action.

Quickly finding the deceased cat in a garbage bag on the side of the road, our Agents subsequently obtained a search warrant for the home. A search uncovered a broken stick encrusted with cat fibers and blood in the attic. Jean Rog Murat, 60, and his son, Robenson Murat, 29, were arrested and taken into custody.

The Kings County District Attorney indicted the duo on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals; overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; and failure to provide proper sustenance for animals. If convicted, the defendants will face a maximum of two years of incarceration.

This was a heinous act on an innocent animal and a clear case of violent abuse,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “We praise the district attorney for his commitment to hold these perpetrators accountable for their cruel and callous acts.”

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A death is a death , why only two years? If there were stricter laws governing animal abuse maybe less trash would harm them.


Amen .. We need much more stricker laws .. how could thay harm a cat like that.. for what ??



Andrea L Kollars

Exactly what I was going to say. We need tougher laws against animal abuse......Federal & State laws........some states seem to take this subject lightly! If these law makers would only realize how much pain is inflicted on these animals,& put themselves in the animals place, maybe they would do something about it. They feel pain just like we do. There is NO excuse for anyone to harm any animal let alone a little cat!


They deserve to be in prison. This is heartbreaking.


Couldn't agree more, until there are tougher penalties abusers will continue to mock the law with their violent and inhumane ways against animals

Julie Barber

These 2 jerks need to be locked up !!


In my opinion, if they are capable of doing this to a defenseless animal, what's to stop them from trying to harm other people? They deserve much more than the maximum two years they're facing.

Jason Todd Gonzalez

I agree. People who are sick to beat a poor cat to death will end up inflicting this violence towards people. It's a known fact. Why doesn't the law take that into consideration. History of serial killers had been known to doing the same. 2 years sentencing isn't enough!

MIke Ford

What difference does it make if they might possibly do it to a human? It's enough that they did it to an animal. The whole "they need to be stopped before they do it to a person" argument is stupid and beside the point.