Modified: February 7, 2020 4:33pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 41-year-old Antonio Martin of Buffalo has been arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges on an indictment charging him with one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class “E” felony, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Class “A” misdemeanors.
It is alleged that on the evening of 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 Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.. 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 Rachel Kranitz McPhee 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.