For the first time in New York City’s history, forensic DNA evidence was used in two animal cruelty cases that put two men behind bars who beat and set fire to cats.
Brooklyn resident Angelo Monderoy, 20, was found guilty on March 8 after he doused Scruffy with lighter fluid and set the animal on fire in 2008.
The cat needed to be euthanized after the horrific attack, but prosecutors were able to use a sample of burnt tissue from the crime scene, which matched the cat’s DNA.
In 2009, Manhattan resident Lordtyshon Garrett, 33, beat another cat, Madea, so badly with an umbrella he caused its lungs to collapse. The creature died.
Prosecutors nailed Garrett for the crime using the cat’s tooth marks found on the umbrella, which were matched to DNA from the cat’s body.
Garrett faces up to two years in prison.
“DNA as a forensic tool is a groundbreaking development,” said Dr. Robert Reisman, medical coordinator of animal cruelty cases at the ASPCA. “It will aid tremendously in bringing animal abusers to justice.”
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