An Ozone Park man has been sentenced to a year in jail for brutally beating a cat.
Richard Ferrugio was sentenced last Friday after he was convicted of cruelty to animals and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon by a jury last month.
According to trial testimony, Ferrugio was observed by an eyewitness taking a metal lug wrench from the trunk of a Nissan Altima on the night of Feb. 7, 2012, and beating a cat in front of 87-45 78 St. When a second eyewitness saw him kick the cat against a cement wall and told him to stop, he walked over to her and stated that he would do the same thing to her. When several other people told him not to kill the cat, he stated in that he didn’t care about the cat, was sick of the cat, and that they would be next. He then placed the lug wrench back in the Altima’s trunk and fled the scene.
Ferrugio later told police that the cat had scratched him and that he had gotten angry and took the lug wrench and hit the cat once. When he saw the cat in pain, he said he killed it to put it out of is its misery.
Police recovered the wrench from Ferrugio’s car.