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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I can't understand why someone old do this! I would love to beat them with a stick!!!!!! We need tougher laws to protect animals. We are their voice!!!!! I pray this father and son get the maximum penalty AND that they are never allowed to own an animal!!!! I seriously want to beat them!!!!!! That makes me a bad person to think that way but I can't help it! And.....why were they saving the stick?????? To do it again??????


That should say "why someone COULD do this" Made a typo

2 years is a complete joke. I really agree with everyone here. Stricter laws and punishments are necessary.
I'm usually against violence in any form but when I hear of something like this - a sentence of death by beating with a stick sounds absolutely fitting for these men. It's scary to think how anyone can adopt a pet and what they do to them behind closed doors we may never know. There's so few safe gaurds in place for these animals - dogs and cats can't call 911, they can't go to school where the teachers and counselors can notice something wrong. We need to protect these animals. The vast majority of us who would never hurt an animal need to view it as our responsibility to protect these animals against sick individuals like these.


An animal is as important as a human these people should go to prison for this horrible act!!!!


A life is a life, murder is murder. How can we get the law changed so that the penalty for killing an animal in such a way is the same as killing a human?



Two years doesn't seem nearly enough. Make the punishment more harsh, and maybe, we can see this stop happening. It's sick how people will treat innocent animals!

Laura Mann

These people need more then 2 years they need to be commited,IF YOU WOULD DO THIS TO AN INNOCENT ANIMAL,YOU WILL DO THIS TO AN INOCCENT CHILD,Most child killers have killed animals first!!!!


sick people .... its a shame .