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SPCA Arrests Westhampton Dunes Man For Felony Animal Cruelty

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Officers from the Suffolk County SPCA arrested a Westhampton Dunes man for a heinous act of Felony Animal Cruelty on October 22, 2017.

Michael Moskowitz, 53, was arrested by Suffolk County SPCA officers for drowning his mother’s cat, Bonnie, in Moriches Bay in June. The Suffolk County SPCA’s investigation and arrest originated as a result of a report from a group of volunteers that were removing garbage from the beach when the decomposed remains of the cat in a carrier were discovered. An in depth investigation by SPCA officers resulted in the arrest. Moskowitz was transported and processed at State Police Barracks in Riverhead and will be arraigned in Southampton Court, 32 Jackson Ave., Hampton Bays, NY today.

Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, is popularly know as “Buster’s Law,” named after a cat that was doused with kerosene and lit on fire.

Chief Gross said that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County. If you witness any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential. A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. “Protecting Suffolk County’s animals is the only job we do!”

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