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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Mona Alden

Are those the real names of the two "men" that are responsible for the horrible crime? ASPCA post their real names. And let the folks that want to handle this in an "eye for an eye" fashion do it.

Adam swanner

Let the punishment fit the crime!!


...& 2 years in jail isn't it. Until the laws get tougher, there will be idiots like this father/son duo who think they can do as they please to defenseless animals, & get aways with it. Five minutes in a room with them, that's all I ask...justice WOULD be served.

Joseph Savastano

Two years for deliberately taking a life. That is all they stand to get, which they probably won't. The cat has no life left and the painful way it was taken away is senseless. I hope these two have heard of Karma. It is coming for them!

Laura Latrenta

What is really sad is that they will probably serve only a small part of the jail time if any at all. Hopefully their time in jail will be eventful.


Are you fricken serious, 2 fricken yrs. We need to all start a pention to change th laws for are animals that are helpless and can't fight for themselves. If it was a human they would get life.


here are some extremey evil people in this world. Two years is not enough. People who abuse, torture or kill a helpless animal would do the same thing to a person. Think about all the serial killers of the world. Where did they get their start...animals. it makes me absolutely sick!

Amy Lu

Kudos to the law enforcement officers who took this type of cruelty seriously. The men are in jail where they belong, and if they haven't hit the radar before, they're on it now. Animal cruelty is a tiny step to violence against humans. This is sick and evil behaviour from sick and evil men.


I will never be able to comprehend how or why people can abuse and kill sweet, innocent animals. There needs to be stricter laws in our country against animal abuse.

If a human beats and kills another human they would looking at 25 years to life in prison. So why are these disgusting individuals only facing a maximum 2 years? They probably will get off easier than that.

Steve Richtter

I would kill them if I ever saw them with my bare hands. That right I said it!