Actor beats cat to death

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  1. D_Tintagel_Demondong

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    Actor allegedly beat cat to death in jealous rage




    NEW YORK (AP) -- Trial has begun for a baseball player-turned-actor accused of brutally killing a cat in a jealous rage after complaining that his ex-girlfriend cared more for the furry feline than she did for him.

    Norman the cat died of massive internal injuries and suffered broken ribs and teeth.

    Assistant District Attorney Leila Kermani said the cat named Norman died with broken teeth, broken ribs, a broken leg, a torn tongue, massive internal injuries including bruised lungs and a bruised liver and a chest cavity filled with blood.

    "The defendant, in a fit of anger and rage, beat a defenseless animal to death," Kermani told the jury in her opening remarks Wednesday. "The defendant killed Norman simply because he was an angry, jealous and drunken bully."

    Former New York Mets minor leaguer Joseph Petcka, 37, is on trial on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals for killing Norman on March 27, 2007, after a night of heavy drinking. He faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

    Petcka's lawyer, Charles Hochbaum, admitted his client kicked the 8-year-old tabby and "swatted him really hard" after the cat bit him, but he said his client did not mean to kill him.

    "This was a tragic accident," Hochbaum said. "It was not intentional."

    Hochbaum complained the district attorney's office never offered his client a plea deal. He said outside court he believes that was because of the publicity the case attracted and the urgings of cat fanciers.

    Norman's owner, Lisa Altobelli, testified she had dated Petcka about six weeks before he killed her cat. She said one night they quarreled and he began drinking heavily. She said she went to bed to avoid him but he woke her around 3 a.m. by putting his knee in her ribs and complaining that Norman had attacked him.

    Altobelli, a Sports Illustrated reporter, said she left the apartment after Petcka refused to calm down.

    She said Petcka had complained, "You love that cat more than you love me," but she had no idea Norman would be in danger. When she returned home Norman did not meet her at the door as usual. She found his body under her bedside table.

    Petcka, a pitcher briefly in the Mets' minor league system in 1992, later appeared in a Brawny paper towels commercial and had small roles in "Sex and the City" and other television shows. Hochbaum said his client had more recently worked as a bartender and waiter.

    --http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/09/18/actor.cat.cruelty.ap/index.html
     
  2. D_Tintagel_Demondong

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    I gotta say that two years seems a bit steep to me. I know that I'll get hatemail, but my inbox is at 100% anyway :tongue:

    I mean, I could get a license and then go out and blow a deer's head off, and it would be totally legal.

    I'm not defending this asshole. I'm just wondering why there is a double standard. Is it because cats are pets and deer are not?
     
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    Are you kidding? There is a difference between hunting and shooting a deer and torturing a cat to death. I don't have pets but I am appalled by this story. That poor cat probably died in agony and it's death was more than likely prolonged. At least if you shoot a deer in the head, chances are it won't know what happened and it will die immediately. This statement
    just kills me. I mean, WTF? This guy 'accidentally' kicked the crap out of this cat? Someone should kick the crap out of HIM.

    If you ask me two years is lenient. One can only hope he gets his in prison.

     
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    It was 8, it had a good innings.

    The guy is an asshole for sure. But 2 years? Fuck me running - some guys get less than that for assault on a human being. I don't get it.
     
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    agree,totaly manlyB, maybe a 30k $ fine and give it to a near by shelter. He'll just go to jail and abuse someone there.
     
  6. D_Tintagel_Demondong

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    It was the bottom of the ninth, all bases loaded. Norman on the mound, Petcka at bat.

    Maybe half a year in jail, a fine, and comminity service at an animal shelter. The punishment should fit the crime, and have at least a few drops of irony.

    Stuck? Raped? I hope that you wrote this in the heat of the moment. I love animals, but come on girl. That's harsh. I agree that he couldn't have just kicked the cat once. I'm not forensics expert, but that can was damaged from head to paw.
     
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    maybe it was a hackycat injury, don't shoot, just a pun on the movie.:wink:
     
  8. D_Tintagel_Demondong

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    I love that movie. It just came out on DVD. I'm going to rent it ASAP. That scene alone is worth it.
     
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    A vaild point. However, the thought is this:

    Cats are pets, loveable and cuddly, a deer is a wild animal.

    Now add this thought. The deer is something we eat, while felines tend to stay off the menu (unless you are in other countries)

    And finally, a shot to the head is quick and should be painless for the deer (unless you suck at shooting). Beating the piss out of the deer, smashing it's face with your fists again and again, while it's helpless to get away... is bad.

    See the difference, Rec?

    PS, I need to read other posts before jumping in with my own thoughts.
     
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    Damn! I hate cats, and given a choice I'd rather have a pet deer. But I don't believe I could beat or kick a house cat to death. That's pretty twisted. Maybe two years is excessive, but the guy should definitely not go Scot free. He needs therapy, too.
     
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    Two years is the maximum sentence he could face...if this is a first time offense, more than likely he will get probation, a fine and court ordered community service (probably at a pet shelter) and anger management classes.
     
  12. D_Tintagel_Demondong

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    Not really. I could (if it was a smallish deer) beat the shit out of it instead of using a rifle/shotgun/crossbow/hunting knife or whatever your choice be. It could end up with broken teeth and ribs, a sliced tongue, a bruised liver, etc. It's no more cruel or violent, but it's legal. I'm not aware of any laws that state how you must kill a deer while hunting. Instead of eating the deer, I can cut off it's antlers as a souveneir and mount it over my hearth, leaving the carcas there to rot.

    I see no difference, Jeff. I just see a double standard.

    Excuse me, I need to let Larry (my pet deer) out to pee.
     
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    Depending on the local law...beating a deer could result in criminal charges. It sounds ironic, because shooting one is usually not against the law. However, animal abuse is against the law.
     
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    It is just wrong to kill an animal, only when you have to defend yourself okey. Two year is much, but he should follow therapy because this is wrong, how can you keep hurting an animal like that.
     
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    This creep needs 'The Max', then pull his pension. He kills a small defenseless animal because he woman won't give him pussy? Good God!
     
  16. D_Tintagel_Demondong

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    In Ontario (and some states that I am familiar with), you can choose how you kill your animal. Do you think that it's less abusive to shoot a bullet through the head than to slit the throat with a knife? If you slit the throat, or miss your target with the rifle, then the animal can suffer for a long time. This is still legal. I guess 'abuse' is a very subjective term.

    Even worse--bear traps. They are legal in many states, but they seem to be abusive to me--especially if the bear is in the trap for days. I am just confused about what the law considers 'abuse'.
     
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    As an animal lover, I hate stories like this. Show me a person that can/will kill or harm a pet and I'll show you a potential person killer!

    Of course, a two-year sentence might be too stiff. Hell, look at O.J. He should have already been in prison. Maybe this time.
     
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    Excuse me? What the fuck business of yours is that and what the hell does it have to do with anything? For your information NO I was not raped and NO I am not stuck. What I am is outraged.

    What pisses me off is people are behaving as though the cat has no right to life. As though it is less than nothing. Okay, it might 'only be a cat' but it's a life. Do not get me wrong. I am not one of these tree hugging, pro-life, "Kumbaya" people and I personally have no time whatsoever for pets. But come on - people are behaving as though the guy dropped some litter or failed to pick up after his dog took a dump. "Let him pay a fine" and that's it. It doesn't matter. Hello - the guy is loaded! A fine is NO punishment to someone like him. He kicked the crap out of a cat and I am sorry, fining him is not going to cut it. Besides, today the cat is killed but what happens tomorrow? Who gets it tomorrow and will it still be be deemed 'accidental' then? Because that is how it starts...

    Instead of criticising his sentence, perhaps people should be more critical of the fact that sentences for other crimes are far too lenient.
     
  19. ManlyBanisters

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    Um - Runco - You've misunderstood what rec was saying. You said:

    To which rec responded:

    rec is asking what you hope the guy gets in prison - you hope he gets stuck (i.e. stabbed) or raped? It's a valid question - Do you think human beings should be anally raped or knifed for killing animals?
     
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    It's not ironic, because many people hunt deers to eat them. You don't beat an animal you'll be eating afterwards. To do so, it would be out of pure cruelty.

    Also, the cat might have been the closest thing/object/being he had at armlength. For all we know, it could have been a toddler and he would have released his anger in the same exact way.

    The way he behaved, I mean, is not civilised, rational behavior anyways even if it was only a cat like some of you say.
     
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