New Yorkers charged in black cat killing

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 24 2012 09:16 AM | Updated as of Jul 24 2012 05:16 PM

NEW YORK - A New York father and son have been charged with beating to death their black cat.

The alleged cat killers are accused of "beating their cat to death with a stick and then disposing of the dead cat on a street corner," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said Monday.

They face up to two years in jail if convicted of animal cruelty and torture.

Hynes said the matter went beyond the feline horror, saying animal cruelty is "often a pre-cursor to domestic violence and is known to be early evidence of potential serial killing."

An official with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Stacy Wolf, called the alleged cat killing "heinous."