Alleged cat killer makes court appearance - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Alleged cat killer makes court appearance

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A New Britain man accused of killing three cats by throwing them off a staircase and injuring several more made a brief court appearance Friday morning.

Stanislaw Ternacki, 63, is charged with seven counts of animal cruelty and breach of peace.

Ternacki was heckled by animal rights activists outside the courtroom and had to be escorted into the courthouse by police

"If it takes me being out here in the middle of the winter at different times, that's fine! That's what I'll do. Somebody's got to stand up for these animals," said Donna Ploss, an animal activist.

His attorney, Paul Catalano, said Ternacki was helping the landlord keep the cats off the property and they were left behind by a tenant that had been evicted. 

"He tells me the cats defended themselves, and attacked him, he's been to the hospital, he's received cuts and bites from these cats," Catalano said.

"We want to demand to know why the person that abandoned these cats isn't being accountable as well," Ploss said.

Police said Ternacki threw the cats off an outside staircase because he was mad the landlord didn't keep the cats off the property.

Police said one cat was dead in the garbage and six others were injured when they arrived at the Washington Street address. 

One witness told police Ternacki threw the cats off the staircase then went downstairs to beat them with a stick.

Eyewitness News got in touch with the owner of the cats, Andrew Hlover, who said he's a disabled veteran who couldn't keep up with his bills and got evicted.

He said he tried to place the cats and no one would take them.

He arranged for someone to take care of the cats but someone changed the locks on the apartment.

"We want to demand to know why the person that abandoned these cats isn't being accountable as well," Ploss said.

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