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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Kandi Kaylor

How about we find a "stick" and beat them both to death. What's 2 years, a tiny slap on the wrist, that's why people do what they do. There is no adequate punishment!!


I am so hapy that th DA in Kings County gave these two scums the max. I wish it could be life, or stoning, even that is to good for them. These two should never be allowed to own another pet.


they weren't given the max. they have been arrested, indicted, and will have a trial. they havent been convicted yet, so we dont know what their actual punishment is.

Bob Bower

The punishments have GOT to get stricter


2 years is not even close to what they should get!


This makes me sick. Innocent animals! Like the don't have emotions or feelings. How would they like it if they got beaten with a stick. 2 years in jail is too little. But cudos to the DA for holding up the law.

Sean Van Gorder

This is disgusting. Please provide the perps city, state & address. I'm gonna get in my truck and drive to them and then kill them both. God Bless.

donna williams

they should get life for this or will kill them


Pat, just because you hate cats is no reason to ignore the fact that two people beat an animal to death in plain view of an eyewitness. It was not a humane slaughter or euthanasia. You may hate small animals like cats and not want them around, but it doesn't mean Americans can simply allow people to commit violent cruel acts (this one in front of an audience) without punishment. If you are concerned about how "your tax dollars" are spent, there are myriads of other areas that need reform, such as insurance fraud and unemployment benefits. In the meantime, it would be great if you could put your hatred of small pets and cat owners to the side in order to see that two violent people have been reprimanded. NYC does not need any more father-son duos being allowed to beat domestic animals, whether you personally hate the animals or not. As you have seen on Jackson Galaxy's show, cat behavior is related to their surroundings and there are many more solutions besides beating them to death, just as with any pet. If this family no longer could handle their cat, they had many options, including surrender calling animal control, not making a public beating spectacle. I don't know many New Yorkers that would want such neighbors.

donna williams

they should get life for this or will kill them