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Man records himself on Facebook Live torturing and stabbing neighbor’s cat because it his under his bed

By Mason White 12:06 PM August 14, 2017
Cat (illustration)
Cat (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A cat suffered horrific injuries after hiding under a man’s bed, and refusing to leave his apartment, according to police in New York.

Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon announced that 21-year-old Tyrike Richardson, has been indicted on charges including aggravated cruelty to animals, torturing and injuring animals, and abandonment of animals.

Richardson allegedly abused the cat and then left the injured
animal in a trash can on the street.

“Animal cruelty is an unacceptable crime and my office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who do harm to defenseless creatures,” said District Attorney Michael E. McMahon.

According to an indictment and documents filed in court, on Thursday, at 24 Arthur Avenue, Richardson allegedly struck his neighbor’s cat, named Chester, multiple times in the head, body, and face using a stick and a knife.

Richardson also allegedly threw a chair onto Chester’s body.

He then placed Chester into a trash can, leaving the injured animal outside to die.

Officers from the NYPD’s Staten Island Gang Squad recovered Chester from the trash can and later arrested Richardson.

The alleged torture was livestreamed on Facebook Live by Richardson. A veterinarian examined Chester.

Chester suffered serious physical injuries, including blunt force trauma, pneumothorax (air leaking out of the injured lung and into the chest cavity around the lungs), left side rib fractures, contusions on the ear, bloody nose, blood in the urine, broken teeth, tongue abrasions, liver and kidney injuries, head trauma, and severe muscle injury.

Richardson told police that he tortured the cat because it hid under his bed and scratched him when he tried to push it out of his apartment.

Richardson’s bail was set at $50,000. A judge issued an order of protection for the 2-year-old cat.