Schenectady County

Albany man charged with felony in cat drowning; two other cats allegedly abused

Caleb Capen, 22, of 1156 Madison Ave., Albany, faces a felony under Buster's Law, alleging aggravate

A 22-year-old Albany man is accused of felony animal cruelty for allegedly drowning a cat in a bathtub and then trying to burn the carcass, police said.

Caleb Capen, of 1156 Madison Ave., was charged under Buster’s Law with aggravated animal cruelty Sunday, police said. He was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court this morning.

Officer Kevin Paul said he spotted Capen allegedly trying to burn the cat in a vacant lot of 551 Yates St. at 6 p.m. Sunday. Paul said he discovered a dead cat inside paper and plastic bags and that it had been intentionally set on fire.

After briefly interviewing Capen, officers went to his residence along with animal control and removed two additional cats from the house. Capen was taken to the Detective Division to be interviewed, where police said he admitted to killing the cat.

Police said he also admitted to abusing the two other cats. The cats were taken to an animal emergency clinic in Latham where a veterinarian determined that both cats had fractured bones that were consistent with being abused. They were treated at the clinic and placed at Mohawk River Humane Animal Shelter.

Capen told officers he adopted the dead cat several days ago and it wasn’t getting along with the two other cats. After trying to discipline it several times, he said he grabbed the cat by the back legs and held it under the water in the bath tub until it stopped breathing.

He also admitted to striking the other cats with a metal wrench as well as kicking, squeezing them excessively and stepping on them. Additional charges are pending in those incidents.

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