With the help of astute observers and anonymous tips, the ASPCA is cracking down on cat abuse in the Big Apple. On October 13, the ASPCA arrested Brooklyn resident Tiffany Feliciano for neglecting her nine-month-old kitten, Marty. The very next day, our Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested Davanand Raghunath for allegedly starving his cat in Queens.
When ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agent Paul Lai arrived at Feliciano’s apartment, he discovered an emaciated, dehydrated, black-and-white kitten in a filthy cage without food. Marty was immediately transported to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where he received life-saving medical care.
The following day, ASPCA Special Agent Debbie Ryan arrested Davanand Raghunath after finding a starving, flea-infested orange Tabby in the basement of his store in Ozone Park. The seven-year-old cat, Leo, also received emergency medical treatment from ASPCA veterinarians. Both Leo and Marty are now in stable condition and recovering from starvation and skin inflammation, a secondary result of flea infestation.
Feliciano and Raghunath were each charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and are scheduled to appear in court. If convicted, they face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Do you know the signs of animal abuse? Read our handy guide to recognizing animal cruelty. If you see an animal being neglected or hurt, please don’t keep it to yourself. If you live in New York City, please contact the ASPCA's anonymous tip line at (877) THE-ASPCA. To see how to report cruelty in other locations nationwide, visit ASPCA.org.