'Beetle' Suffered Broken Legs, Herniation; Now Recovering With Foster Family

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It’s a shocking case of animal cruelty, and now authorities are offering $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

It involves “Beetle,” a black kitten who at just 9 weeks old has already used up one of his nine lives.

Beetle was reportedly thrown from a moving car’s window on June 8.

Roy Gross, chief of department of the Suffolk County SPCA, said the case came to his organization’s attention following an anonymous tip from someone who identified themselves as a veterinarian’s technician.

“We will not tolerate this type of animal abuse in this county,” Gross told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.

Gross said he is very concerned about the person who did it.

“People that hurt animals hurt people,” Gross said. “Somebody like this that would commit a heinous act of animal cruelty is someone who has no feelings for animals or people, generally.

“This person needs to be apprehended as soon as possible.”

The kitten was apparently thrown out of the car’s window in the Amityville area three weeks ago. He was treated for broken legs and a dangerous herniation at the North Shore Animal League and is recovering with a foster family.

“Several of his organs had protruded out from the herniation under his skin. They had to be put back in place,” North Shore Chief of Staff Mark Verdino told Rapoport.

“I am hoping somebody saw something,” Gross added, calling the perpetrator “a coward, a savage to do something like this to an innocent animal.”

“There are so many opportunities to give away an unwanted animal. To do this despicable act of animal cruelty is just unimaginable,” Gross added.

If caught, the suspect could face felony animal cruelty charges, punishable by up to two years in prison.

If you have any information about the case, you’re asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. Gross said all calls will be kept confidential.

If a suspect is caught and convicted, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (61)
  1. tryecrot says:

    Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.

  2. Elaine Lively says:

    first thing is the good news the kitten was seen and saved,of course everyone would like to treat the perpetrator the same way but in reality and to send a message to all the sickos out there 10.000 fine and 3 years in prison’

  3. BackupZeus says:

    THANK YOU to whoever had the decency to pick up Beetle and get him to the vet.

    For the stupid SOB who threw him out the window, may karma bite you in the butt 9x’s over for every one of Beetle’s lives. I hope they catch you so the karma process may begin. Hopefully in the process you will be injured and know the pain you inflicted on Beetle, then lay there hoping someone will come to save you. Why don’t people understand that animals feel pain also? They wouldn’t want to lay there suffering waiting for pain meds, why do it to some one else?

    1. barbwlf says:

      i wish i could have kept him .but most of all i wish i knew what kind of car but it was 1:30 in the morning and could not see it but at least he’ll go to a good home

  4. CatsRule says:

    Cats do hang out in car engine crevices to keep warm. But not in 80-90 degree June weather.

  5. Azgal says:

    What would truly make a person who does this repentant? Sorry because they got caught? I don’t think jail would make this kind of person repentant, only sneaker next time. Death is probably the only cure for this kind of sociopath.

  6. Tracy A. Campbell says:

    Throw them from a moving train.

  7. Kathy says:

    Lydia…. Totally inappropriate to “advertise yourself” for a DATE on this post. Shows you are more concerned about your social life than the welfare of the cat. LOSER.

  8. advice says:

    kill yourself

  9. T-Angelica says:

    Poor thing!! How can someone do this!! Which means you have no respect for HUMAN KIND EITHER!!
    What a disgrace, I cant imagine how cruel people can be.

  10. Ralph says:

    Poor kitten, I would’ve adopted him, I always loved Cats, To those people who threw him: 2 years in prison isn’t enough, I SUGGEST THROWING THEM FROM A SPPEDING CAR Too.

  11. DL says:

    As I understand it, there are certain ignorant, superstitious groups who consider black cats/kittens bad luck; therefore, they will try to kill them. The police chief called them “animals” — I would not insult animals by calling these creatures animals. To me they are sub-human sociopaths and should be treated as such.

    1. PatriceG says:

      You said it, DL. They are sub-human, and obviously have no compassion, the worst kind of human being on this earth. Glad the kitten is making a recovery after this ordeal.

  12. Christopher says:

    Its understandable to point out that humans eat the flesh of animals and we do not truly understand or want to understand how humane the process of killing them really is. It is quite the different story/persective when someone actually throws a kitten out a moving car (for their sick and twisted enjoyment). There is no justification for this act whatsoever. I have no patience for people in general and don’t hold much regard for how rotten people can be . YOU CAN NOT EQUATE EATING MEAT FOR SURVIVAL WITH BLATENT ANIMAL CRUELTY OF A KITTEN. Side note – no one should be eating cats or dogs, even if this is done in another country.

    1. badman says:

      you eat meat “for survival”? of course you do not. you eat it because you like the taste. meat is a luxury. unless you’re going out and spear hunting your own wild boar, eating meat is not “for survival.” get real.

      ignoring the inhumane treatment of factory farmed animals is a moral equivalent to throwing a kitten out the window. You are responsible for the suffering of an animal.

  13. Mike H says:

    I heard it was a Suckit County Police Officer who tossed the kitten from his patrol vehicle.

  14. Annj says:

    People who throw defenseless animals from a car should be sent to jail. They are cowards! I hope the police find out who did this cruel act.

  15. Jackie says:

    Prosecute to the fullest extent !!. Give them the maximum prison sentence under the law with no chance for parole.

  16. Franklin Hall says:

    I think the punishment should fit the crime. Lets throw this Wus, coward and lowest of low life out of a moving car. Hopefully over a interpass where they fall a bit further and were injuries can be much greater. Then after he gets out of the hospital, do it again. Maybe after a few more opportunitys to injure them we could finally charge him. I also agree that this person would more likeley than not hurt a helpless human. It’s like attacki g a infant. Ki

  17. HeatherAnn says:

    Actually clark is happens often. I do think. Thanks. One of my cats i had when i was younger always used to climb under our family car or up under the hood. If we knew she was outside we always checked for her before leaving. ALWAYS

  18. HeatherAnn says:

    Couldnt it be possible the kitten was up under a vehicle and fell off??? This could have been a complete accident. People are to quick to assume things. They have 100% proof the kitten was thrown?? Without a witness i think not.

    1. Clark A. says:

      Now how can the kitten be underneath the vehicle? Think Heatherann!!!!!

      1. Jennifer says:

        cats hang out in bumpers and the frames of cars all the time. think clark!

      2. General says:

        Cats crawl up under the engine and often sit in the engine compartment to keep warm. They like tight enclosed space and what better if an outdoor cat than an engine compartment. Think or at the very least look something up once in a while Clark A.

    2. Person says:

      i have seen an injured cat when the owner of a car didn’t realize there was a cat hanging out next to his engine. The cat ended up with a deep cut on top of his skull. drive took the cat out and took it to the vet where it died. 🙁

  19. HelloNY says:

    I never understand this kind of unnecessary cruelty. If someone doesn’t want an animal, they can leave them at the ASPCA or local shelter. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HURT THE POOR THINGS! I’ve said it before, we need stronger animal cruety laws. If a person can harm an animal, they can harm a child.

    1. Gina says:

      I agree with you. However, look at how they raise their children. If they abuse their own children, it doesn’t surprise me they would do the same to an animal. It’s really sad when I think about the direction we are all heading in….

      1. gjk says:

        Look how “they” raise their children? Just who are you thinking “they” are?

    2. DebraVonn says:

      Absolutely “HelloNY” they can always leave these poor animals with a shelter or someone else who cares. And, yes, society needs to enact far stronger animal cruelty laws. Unfortunately, every time animal defense groups or individuals fight to get some law or ordinance passed that will put real “teeth” in cruelty cases, the usual lobbies for hunters, animal factory farms, furriers, and other animal exploiting industries and activities raise cain and block the law. They fear some of the heat might eventually reach their doorstep, which, in my humble opinion, probably should. Until we stop eating animals, stronger laws to protect animals will remain a hard mountain to climb. Thank you CBS for posting this.

    3. george self says:

      animal lover the person should be put in highway where kitten was to get hit and ran overt love to kitty from missy my pershan baby get well baby

  20. JIM says:


    1. gjk says:

      Yes, Jim, this is appropriate–kill a human for a cat. You should find some help…

      1. CatsRule says:

        You’re assuming the perpetrator was human. Most of the intelligent world would classify him/her as subhuman.

      2. gjk says:

        Actually, CatsRule, when it comes to subhumans i’m a bit worried about your status. Jim wants him thrown from a window, and i would assume you do also, but you both think he’s wrong for doing the same to a cat.

        That’s mighty sick reasoning in my book.

  21. jtorres says:

    Every serial killer started with torturing or killing small animals and then moved their way up to humans. It’s obvious this person has no conscience and no feelings for other living things. Someone like that is dangerous to everyone and has no place in our society. He or she needs to be locked up for a good long time. It may not fix them but it will keep the rest of us safe for at least some time.

    1. matty says:

      Thank You!!!

    2. HelloNY says:

      Badman, isn’t it amazing how some of us can still discuss things civilly on a message board? LET US BE AN EXAMPLE TO YOU PEOPLE WHO WANT TO USE CAPS ALL DAY AND ARGUE!! 🙂

  22. logic says:

    the author of the article and probably all you commentors will all be eating hot dogs and hamburgers this 4th though, as will the animal who did this to that kitten. Selective cruelty to animals. you’re all a bunch of tools.

    1. HelloNY says:

      I HATE it when people use this kind of logic! Animals that are killed for food are (legally) not supposed to be brutalized beforehand. Though abuse does happen at some slaughterhouses, it is AGAINST THE LAW! I have no problem with an animal being killed for food, but I do have a huge problem with people who willingly hurt, torture, maim or kill animals for no other reason besides cruelty or boredom. By your logic, a person can just throw a baby out of a car window too because “well, abortions legal in this country so what’s the difference? You’re all hypocrits”

      1. VeggieLogic says:

        Just because you don’t hear a plant scream or cry doesn’t mean it doesn’t suffer when you cut it out of the ground or maim its branches, leaves or pull its fruit (ovaries)!
        Stop eating vegetables too!

      2. badman says:

        here we go…

        current methods of factory farming are by definition cruel. Animals have body parts (chicken beaks, pig tails, calf testicles, etc) cut off without anesthesia. Facilities are overcrowded. Most animals never see the light of day and are to confined in small enclosures where they can’t stretch or turn around. I could go on for a while…

        @Hello, it’s convenient for you, to invoke the legality argument and turn a blind eye to all of this so that you can go on eating meat without guilt. Some states have passed anti-cruelty laws for farm animals, but with great resistance from the farm lobby; and for all the others (including NY) where practices like these still abound: Just because it’s legal, it’s not right.

        @Veggielogic: as for plants, they have no central nervous system and so cannot feel pain, at least the same way that animals do. There is no valid comparison.

        There IS NO VALID ARGUMENT for the arbitrary nature with which humans protect the welfare of some animals but subject others to horrific abuse.

        If you want to go on eating meat, do it but be a man about it. Understand what really happens to the animals before you eat them. See for yourself. Most people are too chknsht.

      3. HelloNY says:

        Badman, I am VERY aware of the cruelty that goes on in factory farms being that i send about 1/2 my money to the humane society, aspca and an organic cooperative located upstate. However, I was simply pointing out that just because someone eats meat, it deosn’t make them a hypocrit to love animals. I, for one, only eat ORGANIC meat so your argument against me is moot. 🙂

      4. badman says:

        @Hello good for you (seriously) – most people are not aware of the problems with factory farming. But even if animal husbandry is classified is organic, it is still often cruel, with many of the same problems I list above. And all of the cruel practices that I mention are COMPLETELY LEGAL, organic or non-organic, in most states.

        If you get your meat, eggs and dairy products from a small local farm with organically raised, free-range animals and you are able to inspect the farm and its production processes, then you’re as familiar with your food’s supply chain as anyone in this country.

        But most people are not at all so. Most people who eat meat are willfully ignorant about these practices, and so for them to shed a tear for this kitten is in fact hypocritical.

      5. PatriceG says:

        @Badman Thanks for your coherent and IRREFUTABLE exposition of what transpires in factory farms, slaughterhouses, and so on. For people to say they are innocent because killing animals for food is “legal” is to avoid the moral question of whether subjecting ANY animal to the torture of crowded confinement and horrific death is justified just because some people will not stop eating the flesh of animals. It’s inconsistent logic, period. Like keeping one set of logic for humans and another for non-human animals, which defines “human supremacism”, a form of fascism, if you really think about it.

    2. ms says:

      Your an idiot.

      1. badman says:

        ms, the contraction is “you’re”. your reply would have been more fitting if you’d gone all the way;

        “your a idiut.”

        that way, the execution of your communication would have been as thoroughly moronic as its theme.

  23. Clark A. says:

    As an animal lover, don’t even get me started!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. golferboy says:


  24. CF says:

    Do the same to them….only drive faster

  25. Paulina says:

    Thye should be give the same punishment but with no medical care. ;Ol

  26. Gregory says:

    In the good old days, cruelty to animals was punnished by a substantial whipping with either a “cat and nine tails” or a policeman’s utility belt. Now days there are just too many psychopaths in the greater New York City region; so jail time among the general population is the alternative.

    1. HelloNY says:

      If a person killed a cat in ancient Egypt(even if it was an accident), they were sentenced to death

      1. bemore says:

        I Love You!!!…

    2. badman says:

      Gregory, I’d like to know where you’re getting your facts. Animal cruelty in NYC was rampant ind unpunished up until Henry Berg established the ASPCA and began raising awareness in the 19th century.

  27. liliana says:

    A person who hurts or injures an animal deserves nothing better than to pay with a stay in prison and forced to take care of an animal for the rest of its life under a supervision of an authority or a supervisor from the ASPCA.

Leave a Reply to badman Cancel reply