A 26-year old Californian had been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge for killing 26 cats and sexually abusing a dead one. Some cats became his victims when the perpetrator lured the pets away from their homes.
Robert Roy Farmer pleaded guilty last year to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty and one count each of misdemeanor battery and being under the influence.
The cat-killing spree started in September 2015 when cats started mysteriously disappearing from San Jose’s Cambrian Park neighborhood in September 2015. Then to the horror of the community, especially pet owners, the cats turned up dead. There were early stories about a man then attempted to lure two cats into his backpack. One cat managed to escaped and a veterinarian who checked on the cat saw a “bite that was not an animal bite, as well as the bleeding head injury. “
Two cats then were discovered dead in a dumpster. A 15-year-old cat Beardsly was also discovered dead several miles away wrapped in plastic inside a shoebox. The cat’s collar was missing and rocks were placed on the lid.
In one resident’s surveillance camera showed a young man grabbing a 17-year-old tabby cat from its owner’s front porch. Neighbors helped San Jose police identify Farmer as the man behind the video footage. The cat, however, was not found.
Farmer was found on Oct.8, 2015 in a home depot parking lot while sleeping in his car. A dead cat was also discovered inside his vehicle. The police also found chunks of fur,blood, fur-covered gloves and a hunting knife.
A necrosy report from Animal Services found signs of sexual abuse suffered by the female orange tabby cat discovered inside Farmer’s car, including horrific dilated genitals.
Those who knew Farmer recount that they have witnessed his violent behavior and they were terrified of him.
Many cat owners whose beloved pets became a victim of Farmer attended the day of the courtroom sentencing. Some of them shared their grief for their lost or abused pets and their outrage for the cruelty of Farmer before the decision was read.