The mangled bodies of three dead cats were discovered in August in Cascadilla - near the Cornell University campus. The cats had been hung by their necks using shoelaces. Several other feline skeletons were found at the same location. Cornell University Deputy Police Chief Dave Honan said it was one of the worst animal cruelty scenes he had ever witnessed.
The American Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) works closely with law enforcement agencies across the United States to ensure that animal abuse cases are treated seriously. The link between animal cruelty and violence towards humans is so well-known that profilers use animal cruelty reports as part of their assessment in the danger factor of criminals.
Scott Heiser, the director of ALDF's Criminal Justice Program states:
“Sometimes it helps them understand how important it is to vigorously
pursue these cases. When someone is prosecuted for animal abuse, it sends a
signal to other potential abusers in the community. It says violent
behavior won’t be tolerated. And it also puts a mark on the abuser’s
permanent record so in the future law enforcement officials know this is
somebody who has these dangerous tendencies.”
With help from the Ithaca community, authorities were able to discover that Medina had owned the tortured cats, and had been given the animals because he told the person he wanted the cats as pets. Sadly, their lives were snuffed out in a most brutal and inhumane manner.
Medina is being held in the Tompkins County Jail on unrelated charges and is expected to appear in court for the animal cruelty charges next week.
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