STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 30-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly had his dog kill a cat at his Richmond Valley home.
Anthony Fabrizzo stands accused in the death of Molly the cat, who was fatally injured inside his home on Weiner Street near Boscombe Avenue at about 10:40 a.m. June 3, according to the criminal compliant and police.
The cat’s owner and the suspect knew each other prior to the alleged incident, according to the criminal complaint.
Fabrizzo had his Rottweiler with him when he confronted Molly’s owner, who was with her pet inside the home, according to the criminal complaint and police.
“I’m gonna kill your f—— cat,” the complaint quoted Fabrizzo as telling the woman. “I’m going to have my dog kill it. “
Fabrizzo allegedly snatched the woman’s cell phone from her hands. The woman left the home to call for help while the suspect and his dog remained inside the residence with Molly, according to the criminal complaint and police.
When the woman returned to the home about 15 minutes later, Fabrizzo had fled with his Rottweiler. The woman found Molly lying lifeless on the floor; the cat wasn’t breathing and there was blood near her body, according to the criminal complaint and police.
The cat was taken to Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services in Travis, where a veterinarian determined that Molly “suffered a puncture wound” on her left flank and “was no longer breathing,” according to the criminal complaint and police.
Fabrizzo allegedly admitted to police that he took the woman’s phone, but planned to return it to a person they both knew.
“My dog killed her cat,” the criminal complaint quoted Fabrizzo as saying to police.
The suspect was arrested the following afternoon and was charged with grand larceny, aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, criminal mischief and cruelty to animals, according to the criminal complaint.
The suspect, whose name also is spelled Fabrizzio in public records, was released under supervision. He is due back in Criminal Court on July 15.
“Mr. Fabrizzio did not kill or harm any animal,” said his attorney, Michael Harding. “This was a family matter that will be resolved.”