Buffalo man charged with hanging cat, sending photos to kids

February 8, 2020 GMT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 41-year-old man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a child after police say he hanged his children’s cat and sent them photos of the dead pet.

Antonio Martin of Buffalo was arraigned Friday before state Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges on an indictment charging him with felony animal cruelty and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. He was released without bail, to return to court on Feb. 19.

Buffalo police say Martin hanged the cat from the children’s bunk bed in early September and texted pictures of it to them. No motive was given for the act.

If convicted of all charges, Martin faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

Martin pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Mark Byrne, said he had no further comment because the case is still in a preliminary stage.