Documents: Owner charged in summer dog attack on cat

He faces felony, misdemeanor counts

SCHENECTADY — A city man’s dog attacked and killed a woman’s cat over the summer and the dog’s owner is now facing animal cruelty charges, authorities said.

Benjamin Restifo, 30, of Albany Street, faces one count each of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, a misdemeanor. Police arrested him Monday.

Restifo is accused of going to the woman’s property on Emmett Street the evening of July 8 with his two pit bulls. One of the pit bulls then attacked the owner’s cat, a long-hair calico named Buttons, according to court documents. The cat died at the scene.

Documents don’t indicate whether the pit bulls were on a leash, only that Restifo “did walk through the gated opening and up onto the walkway leading to the front porch steps of the house” with both dogs. “Both crossed the threshold of the property” with Restifo and one dog then attacked the cat, documents read.

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