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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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Comments

Lisa

We need stricter laws in this country. This duo MAY receive a "maximum" of two years? Seriously? I know that a lot of people say that cruelty against animals leads to cruelty to humans - and while that may very well be true - A LIFE IS A LIFE. Animals are sentient beings that have feelings, their own language and heirarchical structure among their species. WHAT GIVES US THE RIGHT to put a man in prison (or sentence him to death) for killing a human and then disrespect another species' life by giving a person a mere two years for savagely beating a it to death? Sure, it may seem like a great leap, comparing the life of a human to the life of a cat (since animals' lives are so much shorter than ours), but all life should be sacred. The world may not change with harsher laws, but it WILL deter some from making the horrible mistake of abusing an animal.

Lisa

We need stricter laws in this country. This duo MAY receive a "maximum" of two years? Seriously? I know that a lot of people say that cruelty against animals leads to cruelty to humans - and while that may very well be true - A LIFE IS A LIFE. Animals are sentient beings that have feelings, their own language and heirarchical structure among their species. WHAT GIVES US THE RIGHT to put a man in prison (or sentence him to death) for killing a human and then disrespect another species' life by giving a person a mere two years for savagely beating a it to death? Sure, it may seem like a great leap, comparing the life of a human to the life of a cat (since animals' lives are so much shorter than ours), but all life should be sacred. The world may not change with harsher laws, but it WILL deter some from making the horrible mistake of abusing an animal.

cass

if people who hurt other people get more time in jail than a person who hurts an animal, a person can talk and defend themselves animals can't i am not saying than hurting a person is worst than an animal or viceversa, people like these get away with teir criminal acts every day because the animal cannot defend itself my oppinion is that there should be stricter laws against animal abuse. and i hope they get a taste of their own medicine in jail...

Chris

Just 5 minutes alone with them. That's all I need. Just 5 minutes! They would never even think of doing it again.

amanda

Thats bullshit!!!!! 2 years? Seriously, they should get life without parol. Why? Cause thats a sign of serial killer. Why would you only have them do 2 yrs? You think they deserve to only serve 2 yrs. I sure as heck don't. In my opinion give me a gun let me play russian roulette between them see who dies first. i have no problem hurting them like they did the cat that did nothing to them. I have more of a heart for animals then i do humans like them. If i was a lawyer i would get them the death sentence. I would be a shark lawyer, no one abusing animals would be safe from me if i was a lawyer.

Abuse like this is horrible. We need to take care of our pets, canines, cats, zebras, regardless of what it is, their health is important.

Alena

I would get my hand dirty killing those two...

RR

Two years is not enough for what those men did to that poor cat. And that's *if* they're even sentenced to the maximum penalty. We all need to write to our state and federal legislatures to demand harsher penalties for cruelty against animals.

Stacey

I completely agree about harsher penslties. It's awful the way people can get away with this horrific things. How do you go about getting harsher penslties. I'd be all for it. Where do I sign up

... might satisfy me for punishment. And this just pisses me off "If convicted, the defendants will face a maximum of two years of incarceration" -- IF -- they may get off with nothing.

Dear ASPCA, please post contact info for DA so we can write demanding justice!!!

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