Miami hotel clerk arrested for killing popular stray cat

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Miami Beach detectives believe they have found the person responsible for fatally shooting a dart into the head of a popular stray cat adored by hotel employees as well as the former owner of the hotel. Arrested on Tuesday, was Georgios Lollias, 36, a night clerk at the Franklin Hotel, who allegedly killed the cat on April 26 because the current management believed stray cats were a nuisance.

The cat is one of four that lived behind the Franklin Hotel on Collins Avenue and had been taken care of  by the hotel’s former owner who  offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of  the responsible person(s).

After the cat was  found, he was rushed to Dr. Rachael Johnson, a veterinarian at VCA Alton Road Animal Hospital. Strushi suffered terribly as the arrow penetrated behind one of his eyes and came out his mouth. Rescue staff said the cat was non-responsive upon arrival. Sadly, Strushi had to be humanely euthanized.

Georgios was arrested after U.S. Secret Service helped the Miami Beach police review surveillance footage at the time of the incident. It is believed Georgios is in the United States illegally. A Facebook post by Mike Grieco for Miami Beach mayor issued the following statement:

“… Through a search warrant, detectives had previously obtained video evidence from the hotel’s security cameras. They suspected that images of the crime may have been deliberately deleted. They enlisted the assistance of computer forensic recovery specialists in the U.S. Secret Service’s Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force, and with their assistance, the perpetrator was identified.

Mr. Lollias is charged with Animal Cruelty, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Tampering with Physical Evidence, a 3rd Degree Felony. The investigation into this matter continues, and other arrests may be possible in the future… Needless to say, this arrest is a significant success for our criminal investigators. More needs to be done on the case, but we can all be proud of their effort and success to date.”

Rest in peace Strushie. We hope you find some justice.

Photos of cat impaled by arrow courtesy of Miami Beach Police

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10 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Someone in this country illegally. Why doesn’t that surprise me. Torture and killing animals because they are a nuisance shows just how much these people who commit these acts of violence care about anything but themselves. This was easier than contacting animal control to capture the animal and take it to a shelter?

  2. Sierra says:

    I am glad about the arrest. Animal cruelty cannot be taken lightly. This investigation sends a loud message to those who would harm pets (and possibly move on to children) – ” Don’t even think of it!!”

  3. Janie Ledergerber says:

    I am delighted that they caught this jerk. The poor little kitty had to have suffered. The murderer should pay for his crime by having a dart shot through his own head so that he can experience first hand the suffering he caused. Then they should deport his sorry butt back to wherever he came from and ban him from ever coming back. Karma will even the score. I hope he gets what he deserves.

  4. Cynthia Como says:

    POS waste of human flesh! Kick her illegal,animal abusing ass out of our country! Too bad somebody can’t dart her in the head before she gets the hell out of our country,wouldn’t kill her tho for there is just empty space inside where a brain is suppose to be! SO,SO HAPPY THIS WORTHLESS POS BITCH GOT CAUGHT!

  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    I’m glad they found the POS that did this, now I hope they get a punishment worthy of the crime!

  6. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Everyone involved needs to be charged and thrown in Jail. The current owners as well as the Idiot who did this!!!

  7. susispot says:

    What an evil thing to do. My heart breaks for this beloved cat. I don’t imagine much will happen to the moron that did this. We have got to get the laws for abuse fixed to reflect the crime.


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