A MAN who went on a cat-killing spree in his neighborhood in Antipolo City has been arrested.
Police Chief Insp. Aris Dogwe, officer-in-charge of Police Community Precinct 2 of the Antipolo Police Station, said Marvin Reyes, 29, a resident of Sitio Upper Manalite 2, Barangay Sta. Cruz, was arrested based on the complaint of his neighbors, Rogelio Ramirez and Leo Arias.
Police said that at a little past 10 a.m. on Thursday, Reyes killed Ramirez’s pet cat using a bolo and a bamboo stick.
Ramirez said his cat was not the first one killed by Reyes. “There are no more pet cats in our neighborhood because Reyes has killed them all,” he said.
He said Reyes goes crazy every time he sees a cat.
Last week, an animal welfare organization posted online a photo of what it described as cats Reyes slaughtered.
In its Facebook account, the League of Volunteers Everywhere (LOVE) said Reyes left the dead animals in a narrow alley.
It was learned that Reyes was a drug dependent.
Dogwe said Reyes will be charged for violation of the animal welfare act, malicious mischief and trespassing before the city’s prosecutor of Antipolo.
LOVE called on the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and other animal rights groups to file a case against the cat killer.
PAWS has condemned the slaughter and said they will help the police in prosecuting Reyes.
Under the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (Republic Act 8485), acts of cruelty, neglect, and maltreatment of animals, are punishable by imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of P100,000 if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect dies.