Man Arrested, Accused Of Bludgeoning Stray Cat With Tire Iron

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have arrested a New York City man on allegations he bludgeoned a stray cat to death with a tire iron that he pulled from his car.

Richard Ferrugio was arrested on charges of aggravated animal cruelty and criminal possession of a weapon.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman Joe Pentangelo said Saturday that several witnesses, including children, saw the 39-year-old suspect arm himself with the tire iron and viciously beat the cat to death on a Queens sidewalk on Feb. 7. The man then fled.

After a lengthy investigation, ASPCA agents identified Ferrugio as the suspect and arrested him on Friday.

A man who answered Ferrugio’s phone number and identified himself as his father declined to comment. He said his son wasn’t available.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

What would drive a person to do something like this? Let us know what you think below…

  • Cindy Sherman

    Please educate yourself ! As an inhumane human, YOU are much more of a nuisance than any darn stray cat is. These animals are just doing what they need to to survive. Animals have the cognitive ability of a two year old child. Do you also think children are a nuisance? I do. But, that doesn’t mean I want them to suffer or not be protected. I agree that cats need to be fixed & kept inside, but unfortunately, that is not always a possibility. Do you make the cats suffer, OR do you try to find a humane solution for the matter? In other words, do you have a brain or do you just refuse to use it?

    • Nature Fan

      We guess you posted this before reading the comments about all the deadly-diseases cats spread today, all the native wildlife these invasive species cats cruelly torture to death, and all the accident, fatalities, and loss of human health they cause.

      Typical ignorant and blinders-on cat-lover.

      What stray-cat that you’ve known has ever died humanely?

      Don’t give us this pathetic song and dance. NO STRAY OR FERAL CAT DIES HUMANELY, NO MATTER HOW IT DIES.

      Get your head out of your pathetic a**.

  • Anarchistbs

    This guy is deranged. Anyone that could do this to a defenseless animal is capable of doing this to children or other humans that he can bully, i guarantee this guy has already abused people in his life along with other animals. Poor cat already had no one to care for it and had to experience this horrible death. To the jerks commenting here – you are insignificant and ignorant.

  • The US is becoming Feminized

    Whats wrong with you idiots? it’s a g*d dam stray cat. they are a NUISANCE.

    • 2012

      what sort of person are you? It’s still a life. This is the problem with the world there are too many unevolved people like you in it that don’t know or feel that all life is a gift from GOD and no one has the right to take that away. And to beat an innocent animal to death is evil.

      • C.P.

        To let an invasive-species cat roam free so it can cruelly rip to shreds, disembowel, and skin-alive NATIVE wildlife just for a cat’s play-toy is PURE EVIL I have had to personally put those suffering animals to death after they have been cruelly tortured and ripped to shreds by YOUR CATS. Their screams of agony drawing me to them with their skins torn over their heads or their guts spilled out on the ground, while YOUR CAT quickly ran from the scene of its heinous acts against nature. Anyone who allows their destructive, deadly-disease spreading, invasive-species cat outdoors is PURE EVIL.


        To be perfectly honest, considering how cats cruelly torture and destroy all other animals by ripping the skins off of live animals or disemboweling them for slowly dying and twitching cats’ play-toys (not even using them for food), I’m not really sure why cats should be given the privilege of a humane death. I’ve been drawn to many animal screams in my woods to find their cats shredding another animal to death; which I had to then quickly put that animal out of its misery, torment, and suffering caused by that cat by having to stomp that poor suffering animal to death with my own boot. Lucky for those I found so fast from their screams. Other wildlife that I’d find days later had died a slow and agonizing death from wounds after being shredded by their cats. I guess I’m just more humane than all cat-lovers and their cats, that’s why their cats get shot and die instantly on my land instead of equitably and justifiably tortured to death to put an end to the suffering of both cat and the wildlife that cats cruelly torture. If cat-advocates want REAL justice for their cats then any cat found outdoors would have to be cruelly tortured to death the same way their cats cruelly torture all other animals — something that I couldn’t do. Maybe that’s why TNR-advocates (trap, neuter, release programs) don’t mind that their cats slowly suffer to death by means of “attrition” — by disease, attacks, exposure, starvation, road-kill, etc., on ad-infinauseum. They have absolutely no problems in torturing animals, not even their own cats. They’re just like their cats.


    • Nyc

      Hope it happens to you or your child. Let’s see your bloody reaction then.

      • C.P.

        Teach your child to be a morally responsible pet-owner and to keep their PIECE-OF-SH** INVASIVE SPECIES CAT UNDER SUPERVISED CONFINEMENT WHERE IT DAMN WELL BELONGS.

        Then you’ve got nothing to worry about. IF ANY cat dies by ANY means outside, that’s the cat-owner’s fault and nobody else’s.

        Take your pathetic self-victimization act to manipulate all others somewhere else. It’s not working anymore.

        • Anarchistbs

          CP ur obviously very damaged. check urself in to the mental ward and fast!

          • Educating the Morons

            This must be just like all those deeply disturbed serial-killers in the making that are eradicating all those other invasive-species in N. America; like Kudzu, Purple-Loosestrife, Gypsy Moths, Emerald Ash-Borers, African Cichlids, Burmese Pythons, Brown Tree Snakes, and Eurasian Watermilfoil from their lands and lakes. MANY of which are escaped pets or were released from pets’ habitats (Eurasian Watermilfoil came from pet fish aquariums).

            Or how about all those sickos that run animal-shelters, they’re nothing but a bunch of child-murdering pedophiles because they have to euthanize animals every day. And every farmer and rancher that has to humanely put down an animal with a gun must be molesting and murdering everything in their county. Those damned sickos! And what about all those people in stockyards murdering all those cattle every day for your McBurgers? I bet they’re a hide-out for all the serial-killers that nobody can find! And all those hunters that provide food for their family by hunting, I bet they’re the worst of all!

            Or even worse — all those people who are murdering all those animals to make your cat-food for you! A bunch of demented basket cases!

            I bet you’re onto something!

            Like your needing serious psychological help.

    • Anarchistbs

      So are u! Maybe someone shud take a tire iron to u-

  • Nyc

    Anyone who is capable of animal cruelty is capable of hurting humans. This beast should be locked up for a very long time. Animals are helpless and have feelings like we all do. Good work ASPCA.

  • Captain Obvious

    Animal lovers = people haters

    • al eng

      Animal Lovers=People lovers
      Animal Haters- People haters

  • Jeff Benson

    I hope Feruggio gets jail time AND meets someone who knows why he’s in, without a tire iron I bet he can’t show he’s tough.

  • NYCsewer

    A cat once attacked my fish and killed them all in my fish pond .No one cared about my fish or that cat from the ASPCA.One less cat is a good thing and makes my new fish safer

    • al eng

      An Egret killed all the fish in my buddy’s pond. Maybe we should think of ways to get rid of Egrets?

      • woodsman001

        Maybe someone should enroll you in any science classes that went beyond your 1-book-bible home-schooling so you can learn the difference between a beneficial NATIVE species and a highly-destructive, deadly-disease spreading, breeding 3X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat, with the largest prey-base of any known predator, MAN-MADE INVASIVE-SPECIES.

        And to this precise moron’s extent, is why we have this invasive-species cat ecological-disaster on every continent today.

        • al eng

          I think you need to read some history. Cats were friends and guards of human food for thousands of years before Christ. Because of people’s IGNORANCE during the Plague they killed cats thinking they were the problem . Turns out had they kept them maybe one third of the known population might still have lived. Even today there is vast amounts of stupidity!

          • J.D.

            Myths and urban legends die hard.

            And just how is an animal that is capable of carrying and spreading the plague all on its own, no fleas nor rats even required, going to help stop that same disease?

            The earliest present-day (that I could find, 1994) HUMAN DEATH from CAT-TRANSMITTED-PLAGUE:

            (URLs de-nullified)

            ncbi DOT nlm DOT nih DOT gov SLASH pubmed SLASH 8059908

            Here’s just ONE of MANY much more recent reports of cats now carrying transmissible PLAGUE:

            pagosasun DOT com SLASH archives SLASH 2011 SLASH 07July SLASH 072811 SLASH webplague DOT html

            Want some more?

            westyellowstonenews DOT com SLASH news SLASH article_02fceec6-f695-11e0-b752-001cc4c002e0 DOT html

            Really? Cats would have saved people from this disease? Having more cats around would have PREVENTED the plague?


            CATS ARE NO BETTER THAN RATS where the plague is concerned. If more cats were around in Europe the spread of the plague would have been exponentially WORSE not better. As it probably will be this time around. All thanks to ignorant f***s like YOU!

            Now add in the FACT that when cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasite infects rodents, this CATS’ PARASITE actually rewires rodents’ brains to be ATTRACTED to cat-urine. Now the cats are attracting even MORE plague infested rats right to any area where cats have sprayed and urinated. Then right to their owners!

            I suggest you go educate your ignorant and sorry-a**ed “vast amount of stupidity” self.

            If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my investigations about this invasive-cat-species ecological-disaster that we all face today, something upon which you could bet your very life and win EVERY TIME:


            On this FACT you can be absolutely 100% guaranteed.

  • Nature Advocate

    I have a friend who was attacked by a stray cat while working in his garage with the door open. The nearest thing he had was a 2×4 for defense. He eventually had to bat it with the 2×4, many times, even that didn’t stop it. Each time he tried to hit it away it became even more relentless and vicious. He eventually had to bash its head to a pulp with the 2×4 to make it stop. He was only glad his little girl was inside the house and didn’t have to see him do that. Or worse, have her run into that cat first.

    The net is flooded with stories of stray-cat attacks. All of them resulting in many expensive and painful rabies shots for the unfortunate humans or their pets. Educate yourself. Feral-cats USUALLY run from a human, but not always, especially if they are rabid.

    • al eng

      And you know the man in the story was attacked by this so called stray cat? I think your friend made up a story to cover his inadequacies.Anybody who can’t handle a 10 pound cat needs help.

  • Sam Popack

    Iran,is the place for him.

  • Sam Popack

    Send him to Afganistan.

  • thor's hammer

    hey, he just volunteered to test defective bungee cords from the highest point of the verrazano-narrows bridge even though he can’t swim. what a fine upstanding citizen.

    • Nature Advocate

      He may have just saved a child’s life from any of the many deadly diseases that stray cats are spreading all over the world today.

      I found some surprising things about all the diseases these mangy invasive-species vermin are now spreading.

      These are just the diseases they’ve been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents.

      They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

      People have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. Go educate yourself. Rabies is just the tip of the iceberg where cats are concerned.

      • 2012

        yea, there are just so many people dying from stray cats – idiot

        • woodsman001

          I suggest you do simple self-education with Google, typing in the word “cat” with any of those diseases listed above. Lest you remain being what you claim others to be (i.e. “idiot”).

        • woodsman001

          Oh, and I forgot to mention. You might also want to peruse the insurance-companies’ databases for how much time lost, money lost, material damages, debilitating injuries, and fatalities are the direct result of people swerving their cars and other vehicles to miss stray cats.

          You’re in for quite a surprise (idiot).

  • DC

    I bet you this guy has done this before, people like this lowlife end up as serial killers. Send him to a kennel and put him in a cage with feral cats.

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  • robbyrob

    beat the guy to near death with his own tire iron

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