These animal cruelty stories that pop up with depressing regularly leave us in a state of sick disbelief, wondering what is wrong with people. The latest one is no exception -- not just because of what allegedly happened, but where. Albany police say a man was arrested for allegedly killing a cat by bashing its head against the sidewalk Wednesday. At State and Pearl in downtown Albany. In the middle of the day.
APD: Animal Cruelty Arrest
Albany police arrested a 44 year old Cohoes man yesterday afternoon after he killed a cat on South Pearl Street
Officers working a detail at the Times Union Center were flagged down just after 12:00 p.m., by a person who stated that a man sitting on the Times Union Center steps had just killed a cat at South Pearl and State Streets.
Throughout the investigation officers learned that James Backus, of 18 Chadwyck Court, Cohoes, allegedly grabbed a cat by the tail and struck his head on the concrete sidewalk four to five times before killing it. He then placed the dead cat in a city garbage can. It is also alleged that the cat had been hit by a car prior to the incident and was lying in the middle of the road with several injuries.
Backus was arrested at the scene without incident and charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty.
He was arraigned yesterday afternoon in the Albany City Criminal Court and released on his own recognizance.
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