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Case ID: 15197
Classification: Throwing
Animal: cat
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Defense(s): Kenneth Bunting

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Thursday, Feb 5, 2009

County: Westchester

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Shaman Irvin

A teenager got angry at his mother's cat and threw it to its death from a 14th-story window, an animal welfare official said Monday.

Ken Ross, police chief for the Westchester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Shaman Irvin, 18, told officers he ''hates cats.''

Irvin told them the cat, a 2-year-old black-and-white non-neutered male, angered him Thursday by spraying as Irvin tried to clean the family's Yonkers apartment. He wrapped the cat in a towel to keep it from fighting him, then dropped it out the window, Ross said.

A building worker in the lobby reported that after the cat hit the ground, ''it took a couple of steps and then collapsed and died,'' Ross said. A tip led SPCA officers to Irvin, who was arrested Friday.

Irvin, who is unemployed, was arraigned Monday on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, which carries a maximum prison sentence of two years. No plea was entered, court records show. Bail was set at $50,000.

A call to Irvin's lawyer, Kenneth Bunting, was not immediately returned.

Asked about cats' legendary ability to survive falls from high places, Ross theorized that even if the animal could have survived, being wrapped in a towel might have disoriented it enough to keep it from landing instinctively.


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