Neighbor Accused of Having Cat Euthanized

New York man is arrested, charged with taking someone elses pet Russian Blue cat to an animal shelter to have it put to sleep.

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Richard DeSantis of West Islip, N.Y., was arrested on charges that he abducted a neighbors Russian Blue cat and took it to an animal shelter to have it euthanized.

According to police reports, officers were called to the home of Regina Fagone last week, who told them her family had a long-standing feud with DeSantis over some of her cats, which have gone missing over the years. Her husband, Jesse Fagone told police he keeps traps in his backyard for his job as a wildlife rehabilitator and helps wounded animals.

Police say an investigation confirmed that DeSantis, 56, had trapped the cat, named Coal, and took it to be euthanized.

DeSantis was arrested on April 15 and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree criminal possession of a stolen property, and making a false written statement. All the charges are misdemeanors; however DeSantis faces up to a year in prison if convicted. He is to formally face charges June 5 at First District Court in Central Islip.

In addition to the most recent incident, the Fagones told police that they found out through the Freedom of Information Act that DeSantis had taken two of their cats to be euthanized in December of 1998, but at the time they decided not to press charges.

Another of the couples cats went missing in 2002 and was never found.

Posted: April 18, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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debby    raleigh, MI

2/14/2012 12:26:38 PM

that is awful how do they figure just do it without cause! i would sue.

Philip    Durango, CO

5/4/2008 7:40:17 PM

Nice to see the law enforcement agencies up their in New York do their jobs. The law enforcement agencies i my ccommunity REFUSE to enforce Animal Cruelty Laws, especially when it comess to cats.

Karen    Bellingham, MA

4/30/2008 5:22:43 AM

OMGGGGG HOW HORRIFIC! Not only for the pet owners but the POOR ANIMALS! How could a shelter too put a healthy cat down just like that? THROW THE BOOK AT HIM and set an example w/him.

SUE    WORTH, IL

2/1/2007 10:46:10 AM

I THINK HE NEED TO HAVE HIS LICENSE OF WILDLIFE REHIBILATOR REVOKED. I WOOULD ALSO SAY THAT HE NEEDS JAIL TIME, FINES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE IN A SHELTER FOR WHAT HE'S DONE.

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