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Case ID: 19775
Classification: Beating, Mutilation/Torture
Animal: cat
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Monday, Aug 20, 2012

County: Putnam

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

On Monday, August 20, 2012 the Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division responded to the intersection of Garfield Drive and Quogue Road in the Putnam Lake area of the town of Patterson, in response to a complaint that a severed cat's head was in the middle of the road. Upon arrival, The decapitated head was examined first on scene and then transported to Roosevelt Animal Hospital on Route 22 in Brewster for it to be evaluated by a veterinarian. The examination revealed that the cat had been first struck with blunt force trauma causing severe bruising under the scalp and most likely death. The head was then decapitated by a sharp edged instrument by a person or persons knowledgeable of where and how to do so. A criminal investigation was then started by the Putnam County SPCA in regards to this matter.

Connecticut State Police have been contacted by officers of the Putnam County SPCA and similarities between this incident and two other incidents in Oxford, CT have been explored. A recent incident in Fairfield, CT also has similarities as well. One of the incidents in Oxford and the Fairfield incident both took place in July, 2012 approximately one week apart. The Putnam County SPCA continues to investigate this crime.

An anonymous Putnam Lake resident has donated $500 as a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for this heinous act.

It has been documented in various studies that individuals who injure animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people than non animal abusers. In a recent case, Shaman Irving, a Yonkers teenager was sentenced last year to 15 years to life in a shooting death of his friend. The killing came shortly after serving 8 months (youthful offender status) for felony animal cruelty for throwing his mother's cat out of a 14 story apartment building to it's death.

Animal abuse in itself is a serious crime. It is also a precursor of future crimes by the perpetrator against humans.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Putnam County SPCA on its 24 hour number - 845-520-6915 or to contact the SPCA through its website:

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  • SPCA Press Release - Aug 20, 2012

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