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Man accused of killing cat

February 9, 2009 10:00:11 AM PST
Officers from the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Department responded to a call of a cat thrown from the 14th floor of 160 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY. The body of a dead cat was taken as evidence, and a two-day investigation commenced which resulted in the arrest of 18-year-old Shaman Irvin.He is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.

Authorities say Irvin admitted to throwing the cat out of the 14th-floor window. He was arraigned Monday in Yonkers Court.

SPCA official Ken Ross says the suspect, 18-year-old Shaman Irvin of Yonkers, told officers he "hates cats."

Ross says Irvin told them that the cat, an non-neutered male, angered him by spraying as Irvin tried to clean the apartment.

The chief says 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." He says a tip led SPCA officers to Irvin.

Founded in 1883, the SPCA of Westchester is a not-for-profit humane organization chartered as the primary animal cruelty prevention and intervention agency for Westchester County. Each year, its Humane Law Enforcement Agents investigate over 3,000 cases of suspected animal abuse, resulting in steps to correct the problem if evidence of cruelty is found.

Currently, the shelter is equipped to house more than 100 dogs and 100 cats, and its Simpson Spay/Neuter Clinic, offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations in an effort to help people keep their pets healthy. Each year the animal shelter adopts more than 900 homeless companion animals into loving new homes and reunites another 300 lost pets with their families. The SPCA is recognized as a "no-kill" shelter as it never euthanizes an animal except in cases of terminal illness, extreme aggression or the inability to maintain a reasonable quality of life in a shelter environment.


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