Man drowned his mother’s cat instead of euthanizing her pet

A West Hampton Dunes man faces felony animal cruelty charges after authorities stated he cruelty stuffed his mother’s aged cat into a kennel carrier and drowned the helpless animal in the Moriches Bay instead of taking the cat to the family veterinarian and having her humanely euthanized.

According to Newsday, Michael Moskowitz, 53, was arrested on Sunday by the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at his home. Volunteers who had been cleaning up the beach near the bay on September 18 and discovered the decomposed body of a cat in a pet carrier which had washed up along the shore line. After authorities were notified, a subsequent investigation revealed clues leading to Moskowitz.

The details of how authorities were able to track down the identity of the deceased cat have not been made public. Moskowitz has allegedly admitted to drowning the cat named Bonnie off the dock behind his home; rather than paying a veterinarian to put his mother’s ailing cat to sleep. One can only imagine the fright and terror the cat must have endured when tossed in the water with no way to escape and save her own life.

“This was a heinous act of cruelty,” SPCA Chief Roy Gross stated on Monday morning. “Imagine how frightened that cat must have been.”

Moskowitz posted $2,500 bail on Monday morning. If found guilty of felony animal cruelty, he could face up to two years in prison.

(Photo of man who drowned his mother’s cat via SCSPCA)

Rest in peace Bonnie.

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13 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    I do hope his mother has disowned him and has nothing more to do with him. What a disgusting waste of life. Couldn’t pay to have this elderly cat euthanized. Now he has a bigger expense than if he had taken the cat to the vet. Plus, he could be facing jail time. Should be in jail and let the inmates take care of him.

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  2. Bunny Peters says:

    This useless POS has a reservation for eternity in Hell where he will burn forever for his cruelty…… just hope he gets there ASAP, preferably in the exact same manner as precious little treasure Bonnie.

    RIP precious little treasure Bonnie. You didn’t have to die alone and in terror…..

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  3. maxiemom says:

    GD POS!!!! That poor cat had to have been utterly terrified! She probably trusted this disgusting piece of slime, who should have cared enough about his mother and how much she undoubtedly loved her pet to do the right thing. Justice would be to take him out into the middle of the ocean, put him in a cage, and drop him in. Unfortunately, we won’t get real justice here. I hope he gets what he deserves in some other, very painful way.

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  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    I guess if his Mother had wanted her cat put down humanely she should have done it herself and not trust her POS son! I hope he gets what he deserves for such a heinous act and not just a slap on the wrist!

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  5. Red says:

    IF FOUND GUILTY???!!?!?! HE ADMITTED IT! He is guilty and should be locked up for the absolute maximum amount of time possible for the terror he made this poor animal go through!

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  6. Pamela Garlisch says:

    If he couldn’t pay to have the cat euthanized how did he come up with the $2500 for bail? The scum just couldn’t be bothered. Hope he gets the full 2 years and even that is not enough!

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  7. Debbie says:

    Oh my God, the horror of that poor kitty…..please lock this man up for murder……I bet he took his poor moms money…..KARMA is gonna get you.

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  8. Janie L. says:

    The only way to even the score is to stuff this heartless creep into a container with openings for air to pass through and then chuck it into a body of water. The last thing he will understand in this life is the same terror the poor cat felt when he did it to her. I have no sympathy for him. When his mother gets old and sick, he will probably do the same to her if he is allowed to go free. Karma always wins.

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  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    Moskowitz should be hogtied, put on a leaky raft and set sail into the Atlantic Ocean – useless waste of flesh and blood – he proved his lack of humanity by his cruelty to an innocent defenseless animal – may he die a slow painful death.

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