Arrests After New York Cat Cruelty Cases

Two arrests have been made by agents of the ASPCA® in Brooklyn and Queens this week for cruelty to cats.

Humane Law Enforcement agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Brooklyn resident Tiffany Feliciano, 30, on October 13th after agents discovered her orange Tabby in a small, filthy cage without food. The Tabby, called Leo, was 8-months old and was extremely emaciated and feared to be close to death. He was immediately taken to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital where veterinarians determined he would have died had he not received life-saving medical care. Ms. Felicano was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and has an upcoming court date at Kings County Criminal Court.

In another case, Queens resident Davanand Raghunath, 26, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Debbie Ryan for starving and neglecting his 7-year-old female cat. ASPCA agents discovered the cat in the basement of a store located in Ozone Park. Raghunath relinquished the cat, called Marty, to the ASPCA agents, who immediately took her to the ASPCA. Marty was emaciated, dehydrated and infested with fleas and also close to death. Mr. Ragunath was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and has an upcoming court date at Queens Criminal Court.

Both Leo and Marty are recovering at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and the ASPCA say that both cats will be available for adoption once treatment is completed.

Photograph courtesy ASPCA

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