An Associated Press article made the Internet rounds over the weekend about a man who was arrested last week for allegedly beating a cat to death with a tire iron outside of a bar in Queens last month.
As much as we’d like to vilify 39-year-old Richard Ferrugio for being the complete shit-bag he allegedly is, we figure we’ll play devil’s advocate…for a minute.
Ferrugio was arrested Friday after a lengthy investigation by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the alleged February 7, bludgeoning.
According to ASPCA investigators, several witnesses, including children,
watched as Ferrugio pulled a tire iron out of his car and beat the cat
to death with it on a sidewalk outside of the Neirs Tavern in
Woodhaven. He then fled on foot.
As other media outlets are making Ferrugio out to be a monster, we’ll
give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that perhaps the cat was
injured when Ferrugio stumbled upon it, and — concerned for the cat’s
well-being — decided to show it a little mercy by putting it out of its
Oh, yeah…prior to beating the cat with the tire iron, Ferrugio was
thrown out of the Neirs Tavern for being too drunk. Witnesses also say
he kicked the defenseless animal prior to beating it to death with the tire
iron…and that’s about as far as our defense of this alleged creep will
Ferrugio was booked into jail Friday on one count each of aggravated animal cruelty and criminal possession of a weapon.
We’ve reached out to Ferrugio to see if he wants to lend any credence to
our far-fetched yarn about him showing mercy to the injured cat. We
haven’t heard back.