Pennsylvania SPCA Arrests Man after Acts of Cat Torture Caught on Tape


On July 26, the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department arrested a 25-year-old man at a restaurant at the 4900 block of Old York Road in Philadelphia’s Logan neighborhood  and charged him with four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in the first degree and four summary counts  for torturing four kittens earlier this week.

 The Pennsylvania SPCA was alerted to the situation by Philadelphia Police who were investigating other criminal acts in the neighborhood.  While reviewing surveillance tapes of the property, the police discovered footage of the man, believed to be the business owner, intentionally harming the cats in the back alley, according to George Bengal, head of Humane Law Enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. “The images caught on the tape were extremely disturbing,” said Bengal. “He was swinging the cats by their tails and throwing them around and other acts of cruelty.”

Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers executed a search warrant and retrieved the mother cat and 2 of the kittens as seen on the tape.  The cats, now named Carmella, Sonic, and Eko by staff, are being cared for at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s headquarters at 350 E. Erie Avenue.  Additional charges are pending following the outcome of the full forensic evaluation.