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.

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Comments (9)
  1. carol says:

    he should be tortured the same way he tortured that poor cat,
    jackass that he is

  2. Captain Obvious says:

    This is really a news story?? Give me a brake. Isn’t anything else happening in the city.

  3. NYCsewer says:

    Clearly this cat attacked this poor guy getting into his car

    1. lisa says:

      you are an ass. In no way should anyone ever harm an animal

      1. bob forbes says:

        And what did you have for dinner lisa? I hope nothing with meat. Hipocrate

  4. thor's hammer says:

    what a poor excuse for continued oxygen consumption on the planet. how about we round up all the recalled bungee cords and have this lowlife “volunteer” to go to the highest point of the verrazano-narrows bridge.. keep on jumpin you loser. oh yeah, the cue to jump will be a tire iron to the buttocks.

  5. truth says:

    So, you can’t even own a tire iron without being charged?Criminal possession of a weapon?Shame for the cat, but this is getting ridiculous!

  6. shorty says:

    I hope he dies in the same way

  7. nikki says:

    I would be more than happy to do to this jackass, to do what he did to that innocent cat.

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