West Side Man Charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty for Killing Cat

Modified: February 7, 2020 1:15pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 40-year-old Antonio Martin of Buffalo has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Andrew C. LoTempio on one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class “E” felony, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class “A” misdemeanor. The defendant was arraigned on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

It is alleged that on Saturday, September 7, 2019, the defendant killed a cat by hanging the family pet inside an apartment on Carolina Street in the City of Buffalo. It is further alleged that the defendant sent photos of the deceased cat to two juveniles via text message.

Martin is scheduled to return to court on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was released on his own recognizance.

If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 2 years in jail. 

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department and the SPCA Serving Erie County for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Erin E. Hart of the DA’s Animal Cruelty Unit.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.