An Oakdale, Calif. police officer stopped David Ronald Aguiar within the Oakdale city limits about 1 a.m. Friday morning for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Aguiar had been driving erratically, but the investigation didn't stop with a DUI arrest.
According to News10.net, as the officer spoke with the driver, the officer noted cat hair and blood all over Aguiar. When the officer searched the vehicle, he found the body of a mutilated cat.
Aguiar allegedly admitted to picking up the cat, but when the animal scratched him, he told the officer he killed the cat with his bare hands.
Brietbart.com reported Aguiar told the officers he hit the cat, stomped on it, and eventually broke the animal's neck. Authorities reported Aguiar had extensive scratch marks on his body.
Research indicates animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people than non-abusers. OJP Diagnostic Center, in an article by Sherry Ramsey, the Director of Animal Cruelty Prosecution for the Humane Society of the United States, states juvenile and adult animal abusers have an increased tendency to escalate violent behavior:
"Despite what the data reveals about the implications of animal cruelty, it is often a low priority for law enforcement and court systems that are required to deal with ever increasing caseloads, including homicide and other violent crimes, and with diminishing resources.
Court systems and law enforcement need to enact policies and procedures to effectively combat these crimes. Since animal abuse is a strong indicator of future violence, it is imperative for law enforcement agencies to appropriately address and accurately document all acts of animal cruelty committed by adults and juveniles as a way to track violent behavior. "
Aguiar has been charged with DUI and animal cruelty. He is currently in the Stanislaus County Jail.
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