Give a Meaningful Sentence to Accused Cat Mutilator
|“Little Man” was allegedly abused by Andrew Bekech. (Photo by Republican American)|
Update: Defendant Andrew Bekech pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty. He was sentenced last October to 1 year in jail, suspended, and 2 years of probation.
On the same day, he was sentenced on 2 felony assault charges stemming from unrelated incidents in 2011 and 2012. For those, he was sentenced to 3 years jail, suspended after 6 months, and 3 years probation.
Among the criminal charges pending against Andrew Bekech are two counts of felony animal cruelty related to the alleged abuse of his ex-girlfriend’s cats. Mr. Bekech was arrested in September 2012 after a domestic violence investigation reportedly revealed several incidents involving physical attacks on the woman’s cats. One of the cats–Little Man–reportedly continues to recover after losing part of his tail as well as a portion of his tongue.
The Bekech case is but one of countless cases illustrating the grave connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. Abusers often threaten and carry out acts of animal cruelty, taking advantage of their human victim’s bond with their animal(s) as a means of intimidation and control.
It is not unusual for women to cite fear for the safety of their animals as a reason for not entering a shelter to escape their abusers. In a 2007 study, for example:”The vast majority of shelter women described being emotionally close to their pets and distraught by the abuse family pets experienced.”