Suspect arrested in the gruesome death of beloved Brooklyn Community Cat

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Suspect arrested in the gruesome death of beloved Brooklyn Community Cat

Tuxedo’s tragic death, a chubby cat loved by many in his community, has left a hole in the hearts of people and cats, but justice is finally working with the arrest of his alleged killer.

Tuxedo was considered the “Mayor” of the Breukelen houses in NYCHA and was a pretty black and white cat with a heart for the other kittens in his wildcat colony. He and his feline friend Meanie were often on the lookout for the new cats that came by. And without his well-dressed best friend to let off steam with, Cat Supermac was “very depressed” according to Latonya Walker, Tuxedo’s caretaker and one of his biggest fans.

Those who follow the world of cat rescue and TNR know Walker as the Sassee Badass, and the wild and stray cats of Brooklyn know her as the friendly lady with the delicious food. As one of her protégés since 2011, Tuxedo definitely loved Walker. Their close friendship was evident in various photos of the couple taken in previous interviews. She was devastated by the targeted attack and death of her esteemed feline friend.

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Murdered a good cat

On January 13, Raymond Morales was preparing for work when he was stopped by the sounds of dogs he thought were fighting. What he found when he investigated was terrible.

Morales told the New York Post, “I looked out my window and saw how these two royals like to piss off a cat.”

Tuxedo was standing in a tree, trying to stay away from two angry and growling dogs. He was holding on to the branches for his dear life when a young man and woman hit him with a stick to make him fall. When they managed to push him off the tree, the man “let the dogs go and just fetch them.”

“The cat was screaming, it was trying to defend itself as well as possible against two pit bulls. Seriously, that was the worst. “

Morales called to them to stop, but Tuxedo had already been badly injured, barely alive, because two people had decided to torture an innocent animal. After his death, NYC’s Animal Care Centers conducted an investigation that found injuries to Tuxedo’s head and jaw from an attack by two large dogs.

After Tuxedo’s gruesome death, Walker learned of six other missing cats in the area, three of which were later found dead with injuries similar to Tuxedo’s. She suspects the same dogs could be the culprits in these cases.

Justice on the move

The judicial system is finally on the move over the murder of Tuxedo. But it took a tremendous effort to achieve this. After much community urge, media attention, and an online petition hosted by Animal Victory that garnered more than 20,000 signatures from signatories worldwide, the NYPD released a wanted poster revealing the suspects and the dogs in question.

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After an investigation and almost a month after Tuxedo’s gruesome death, the NYPD arrested 28-year-old Fulton Gordon on February 8. He was charged with torturing, injuring, or not feeding an animal. Gordon, classified as a misdemeanor, has been given a desk ticket and will be charged on a date yet to be scheduled.

Janelle Babington, founder of Animal Victory, told the New York Times: “We are very happy that there is an arrest, but we are very upset that he is not in jail.”

For those of us who know the meaning and magic of animals, we know that everything Gordon and his girlfriend did was wrong. If they are actually complicit in the horrific and horrific death they handed out to Tuxedo, then what they taught their dogs is also wrong. Encouraging aggression by dogs against cats is an act of excruciating cruelty to both species.

In a statement made to the Times, Fulton Gordon said he was innocent of the charges. He reportedly feels terrible and claims “I would never do anything to intentionally harm an animal.”

Gordon insists that Tuxedo was hanging from a branch by his paws and that his girlfriend’s dogs accidentally came loose. “I tried to help it.”

Reported video evidence shows otherwise.

Grief, compassion, and a desire for better

Walker has an ocean of grief in her heart over Tuxedo’s loss, and she is relieved that justice is in motion for the killing of the beloved cat, but her compassionate heart wants more than just punishment for Gordon. She also wants him to learn how to get better.

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“I wish we would learn to love and respect one another. [there’s] enough young black men in jail. Respect goes a long way, ”Walker told The Post. “And there are people from the hood who love animals and don’t abuse them.”

Believing in the cats she loves so much, Walker “would rather save someone than knock them down and make them worse. I would love rehabilitation, I would like to teach them about animals. “

For the rest of the world, Walker offers this message:

“And everyone else, keep your damn animals on a leash and don’t think it’s cute to attack someone for teaching the animal to be a weapon and that’s not fair to the animal.”

Put simply, Walker has a right to it. Be good to animals; Treat them the way you would like to be treated.

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After hearing about Gordon’s claim to help Tuxedo, Walker said she was open to Gordon’s claim to innocence and would be “thrilled” if it did.

She told him through the New York Times, “That would make me feel so good to know that you aren’t up to this and it’s gotten out of hand and you won’t do it again.”

Get some rest, pretty tuxedo

As cat lovers, we cannot understand how someone would want to harm a cat. We want a better world for all cats, and this means teaching everyone the importance of compassion. Unfortunately, this case has seen the loss of a beloved cat, the alleged improper handling of dogs by the people who should do better, and a handful of sadness and outrage.

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And while justice for Tuxedo continues with Gordon’s arrest, we must continue to work together to save the lives of cats. Hopefully our work will have more impact on our cat’s cause. And perhaps one day we will arrive at a time when cats do not suffer from human cruelty.

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Feature Image: @ sassee_badass_tnr / Instagram & Image Courtesy of Animalvictory.org