Animal Rights

Man Beat His Cats To Death With Golf Club Because They ‘Betrayed’ Him

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Pennsylvania man admitted to beating his two cats to death with a golf club after one of them scratched him.

Christopher Brisbee, 32, reportedly told police that he felt “betrayed” by the felines.

Brisbee’s neighbors heard the horrific incident and contacted the Humane Society in June.

A Humane Society officer found the corpses of two cats, who had suffered severe head trauma, in Brisbee’s garbage, the Erie Times-News reported.

Brisbee allegedly told investigators he "struck both cats numerous times with a golf club until they no longer were moving."

In a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to one second-degree misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals, while an additional cruelty to animals count was dropped.

He faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He is not allowed to own any domestic animals while serving his sentence, and he must repay $263 restitution to the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

His attorney, Stephen Seband, said Brisbee applied to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which is for nonviolent first-time offenders.

Seband says Brisbee "proactively sought mental health counseling” after the incident.

"I am glad one of the charges stuck,” Humane Society Animal Enforcement Officer Merle Wolfgang told the Erie Times-News. "If there are mental health issues, I am glad he is getting some help."

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7.

Sources: Daily Mail, Erie Times-News

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