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Cat severely abused by teens

November 5, 2010

From NBC Philadelphia
By Dan Stamm

A cat was stuffed in a microwave oven and thrown out of a third-story window by two teens who videotaped the whole thing Wednesday afternoon, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

On Thursday one of the boys accused spoke exclusively to NBC Philadelphia.

“I Don’t Know What I Was Thinking,” said the 15-year-old who along with his 16-year-old friend allegedly committed the cruel act from the window of a home on the 4500 block of G Street in the Juniata section of Philadelphia.

“It’s bizarre I don’t know what these kids are thinking,” said Pennsylvania SPCA Director George Bengal.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Allen Brantley was quoted as saying “Animal cruelty… is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning sign…” It should be looked at as exactly that. Its a clear indicator of psychological issues that can and often DO lead to more violent human crimes.

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The male cat, named Tostino by SPCA staff, luckily survived the ordeal but he was in pretty bad shape and required treatment for cuts, bruises and a concussion. He was doing better and moving about at an SPCA shelter Thursday morning.


Cat Put in Microwave, Thrown Out Window: SPCA

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The 15-year-old acknowledged that he was the one who tossed the cat out the window while his friend recorded the whole thing on a cell phone camera.

“It went flat, door opened up and the cat walked out,” the boy, who didn’t want to have his face shown, said. “I didn’t know it was that serious.”

The boy had found the 2- to 6-month-old stray kitten a few days earlier and decided he didn’t want it any more so he tossed Tostino, SPCA officials said.

A neighbor saw the microwave fly out the back alley window and called authorities. When officials went to the home the boys jumped out the same window that they allegedly threw the cat out of and ran away. SPCA officers caught the kids and arrested them.

“They put me on house arrest, on GPS,” the teen said. “They charged me with animal cruelty and conspiracy.”

He and his friend are both charged with one charge misdemeanor animal cruelty and could face no less than $1,000 in fines and possibly serve up to two years in jail or probation, according to the SPCA.

Those who abuse animals for no obvious reason, Lockwood said, are “budding psychopaths.” They have no empathy and only see the world as what it’s going to do for them.


The boys said he was “sorry… for abusing animals” but he had another message for anyone thinking about hurting animals.

“Don’t be stupid! Just don’t do it!”

There was no timetable as of Thursday afternoon for Tostino finding a permanent home. He won’t be up for adoption until he is fully healed and well enough to leave the shelter.

Tostino might not be up for adoption but that doesn’t mean you can’t help. For information about adopting other animals, donating or volunteering at the PSPCA call 215.426.6300 or visit

Cat Put in Microwave, Thrown Out Window: SPCA

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at this early age
to be cruel like this
how many more animals
will have to deal
with this?

karen lyons kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 5, 2010 6:37 pm

    at this early age
    to be cruel like this
    how many more animals
    will have to deal
    with this?


  2. November 5, 2010 7:03 pm

    More cowardly, sexually inadequate little scumbags who have to get their jollies by showing such vile cruelty to innocent little animals (obviously just their size to pick on and abuse)……how I’d just LOVE someone to get these pathetic excuses for living and do the very same to them….now there’s karma!!!!


  3. Punisher permalink
    November 7, 2010 10:39 am

    these kid must have a big fine to pay !! go to jail ! and get some microwave burn…
    Stupid boy ! you must suffer equal as the cat suffering !


  4. Sylvie permalink
    November 7, 2010 4:02 pm

    These teens are future sociopaths


  5. November 12, 2010 1:20 am

    I am so glad the animal control folk had the wherewithall to remove the dog from that bastard boys home. I hope they dont allow him or his co-Defendant ever to have an animal again in life.



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