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More cat torture, this time in the county

If you were thinking unthinkably cruel animal torture was strictly an urban phenomenon, take a look — if you have the stomach for it — at this item from the Northeast Booster.

The Booster — an Internet conglomeration of recycled news from Baltimore area newspapers — reports that three men were arrested and charged with animal cruelty Thursday after they allegedly tortured a cat in a microwave, then put it in a freezer, then tossed it into a river.

Kevin Abel, 19, Scott McDowell, 18, and Richard Rioux, 25, were all arrested last week in connection with the cat’s death, which occurred July 31 in the Edgemere area, according to Bill Toohey, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

Abel, who lives in White Marsh, was house sitting for a friend when he apparently invited the other two men over.

Toohey said the cat was spun on the floor, beaten, placed on ceiling fan, put in the microwave, and closed in the freezer before being placed in a bag with rocks and tossed into Back River, off Lynch Point.

The next day, the owner of the cat — whose identity wasn’t  revealed — was informed by McDowell that the animal was dead. All three men were intoxicated at the time of the incident, Toohey said.

Abel, Rioux, of White Marsh, and McDowell, of  Sparrows Point, were all charged with animal cruelty.  A hearing for all three is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 in District Court in Essex.


Comment from Cher
Time August 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Stories like these make me cry. Having and loving cats of my own, I just cannot imagine the terror the cat must have felt and I get so angry I can barely contain myself when I think of the pain and torture these monsters inflicted on a defenseless animal. I do honestly believe in karma and I know in my heart that someday, they will get their just rewards but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to cut off their genitals and leave them to bleed to death.

Comment from reader
Time August 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Just an FYI – The Northeast Booster is not “an Internet conglomeration of recycled news from Baltimore area newspapers.” The Northeast Booster Web site is an Internet publication of the Northeast Booster Reporter, a monthly community newspaper serving that area of Baltimore County. It is published by Patuxent Publishing Co., which publishes 14 papers in several Baltimore, Howard, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel and Carroll counties.

Comment from amanda
Time August 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm

This is disgusting. These monsters deserve to be subjected to the same treatment they inflicted on this animal. Such senseless violence towards any creature is a reflection of pure evil. Since the law won’t let the punishment come close to fitting the crime I can only hope they’ll get what they truly deserve in the long run.

Comment from Lisa in Baltimore
Time August 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Good Morning, All. This case is so sickening that I’ve decided NOT to make a page for this animal. This morning, I wrote the following letter to: Martin O’Malley, Dutch Ruppersberger, Barbara Mikulski, Sheila Dixon and States Attorney Patricia Jessemy. This link to the cruelty case is there. HERE IS A LINK TO FIND YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL: http://mdelect.net/
Here are the email addresses for Martin, Sheila and Pat: ‘MOM@GOV.STATE.MD.US’, ‘information@sheiladixon.com’; ‘mayor@baltimorecity.gov’; ‘mail@stattorney.org’.

IF YOU DECIDE TO WRITE, would you mind posting your letters on our sites for Phoenix or Gabrielle?


Good Morning! My name is Lisa Stilli.
I am a 42 year old resident of Baltimore City, Maryland. I realize that times are difficult, hardships are prevalent and the issues we face, daily, are many.

Reading the local, regional and national news used to be a source of enjoyment for me. These days, reading what’s happening is a source of pain and anger.

You may or may not be aware of the latest Animal Cruelty case reported in Baltimore County last evening. If you are not, I have attached this information. http://wjz.com/local/animal.abuse.animal.2.1130327.html

With each case, I try to raise awareness of the issues, raise funds for the care of the animals who have managed to survive and for those who haven’t, raise funds for the reward fund needed to catch these criminals., via Facebook. I have set a page for each animal and continue to update with current news. These pages also provide a forum for those like-minded individuals to voice their opinion. I am at a complete loss as to what to say or how to react to this particular case.

After catching the “persons” that committed this horrific act, the sanction, should the be convicted of these charges, will be 90 days in Jail and $1,000.00.

Please read this article carefully and tell me if you agreeif this punishment fits the crime. I plan to post this email on my Facebook page to reach out to each member so that their voice may be heard as well.

I would like YOUR input on these issues. As is standard, I would usually receive from your office(s) a form letter/email. I am strongly urging a personal written response from you letting us, the citizens of Maryland, know course of action you plan to take and how you will manage TOUGHER LAWS AND STIFFER PENALTIES for these crimes.

Thanking you, in advance, for your time and effort. I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Help Save Gabrielle the Burned Kitten: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=110495276667&ref=ts

Help Save Phoenix “The Burned Pit Bull: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=95127119888&ref=ts


Comment from Lisa Sears
Time November 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

could somebody cut the hands off the demented evil freaks who have done this to these animals. God help your warped souls. Satan wouldnt claim them.