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ASPCA Announces Arrest of Manhattan Man for Severely Beating Kitten

Pet Suffers Head Trauma, Fractured Tooth and Internal Bleeding
February 28, 2008

NEW YORK, February 28, 2008—Humane Law Enforcement agents of the ® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Manhattan resident Irvin Bennett, on February 26, on charges of felony animal cruelty.

Mr. Bennett, 21, of 621 East 9th Street, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Kristi Adams for beating his girlfriend’s cat so severely it suffered brain damage.

The cat, an eight-month-old female tabby named Chantelle, was brought to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital on December 4 for emergency treatment by her owner. She had suffered significant head trauma, a fractured tooth and internal bleeding. She was released to her owner and is recovering.

Mr. Bennett faces up to two years in prison.