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Oct 23, 2017 11:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

West Hampton Dunes Man Accused Of Drowning Mother's Cat

Michael Moskowitz of West Hampton Dunes was charged with felony animal cruelty for drowning his mother's cat in Moriches Bay. COURTESY SUFFOLK COUNTY SPCA
Oct 23, 2017 1:10 PM

A West Hampton Dunes man was arrested this week after authorities said he drowned his mother’s cat in Moriches Bay this summer rather than pay to have it euthanized.

Michael Moskowitz, 53, was arrested by the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at his home on Sunday and charged with felony animal cruelty.

Volunteers cleaning the beach around the bay on September 18 found the decomposed cat in a pet carrier washed up on the shore. They immediately contacted the SPCA, which dated the drowning to sometime in June and started looking for the perpetrator. The investigation led to Mr. Moskowitz, authorities said.

Although SPCA Chief Roy Gross would not disclose how his officers linked the dead cat to Mr. Moskowitz, he noted that Mr. Moskowitz admitted to drowning the cat—his mother’s, named Bonnie—off the dock behind his home rather than pay to have it euthanized.

Mr. Moskowitz was arraigned in Southampton Court in Hampton Bays Monday morning where he was released after posting $2,500 bail. Mr. Gross said that Mr. Moskowitz could face up to two years in prison if ultimately convicted.

“This was a heinous act of cruelty,” Mr. Gross said on Monday. “Imagine how frightened that cat must have been.”

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