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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