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Waterbury man's charge upgraded to felony in cat abuse case

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Protesters gathered outside court for Casson. (WFSB) Protesters gathered outside court for Casson. (WFSB)

A man accused of abusing a cat was arraigned on Tuesday while animal activists made their voices heard outside of Waterbury Superior Court.

Police said Brian Casson, 38, of Waterbury was arrested earlier this month after he attempted to kill a small cat over a bridge on Naugatuck River in Waterbury. 

"I got bit by that animal. I was trying to drag it to safety," said Casson leaving court. 

Police said Casson strangled the cat and then attempted to drown it with a makeshift noose. Casson fled after a bystander recorded him on video.

Casson was charged with animal abuse and breach of peace.

However, Casson said he wasn't doing any harm to his cat. 

"I was trying to drag it to shore, so I can take it down to the animal shelter and this man took a video of me making me look like a monster and I'm not," Casson said. 

The cat was found alive under the South Leonard Street Bridge, but later died as a result of it's injuries.

Kenneth George took the video and says what he witnessed was disturbing. 

" Just the amount of time he spent through chunks at the cat and scream the cat made," George said.

George was alongside with animal activists and protested along the street outside the court house. 

"He needs to be in jail," George said. "He's a danger to society and this needs to stop."

The animal abuse charge for Casson was upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony in court. Casson was also urged to hire a lawyer.

On Facebook, Casson still has his picture up with the cat. 

"I love animals," he said.  

Casson will be back in court next month.

After this protest, the group showed up to the capital to celebrate the signing of Desmond's Law with the governor. The law named after a dog who was starved, beaten and strangled by its owner will now appoint an animal advocate in the courtroom. 

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