Self proclaimed "animal lover" throws cat off balcony then stomps it to death


A Queens man was charged with chucking a cat off a third-floor balcony and then stomping it to death in front of horrified kids, authorities said Tuesday.

“You’re dead to this world,” Giovanni Olivo, 30, allegedly hollered while killing off the cat, authorities said.

Queens prosecutors say the Far Rockaway man carried out the felonious feline attack on Sept. 30, 2016.

Olivo is accused of first hurling the adult female cat off the balcony of his Beach 26th St. home.

The kitty miraculously survived the fall, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

But its resilience only prompted Olivo to storm downstairs and stomp the life out of the wounded cat in full view of a crowd of adults and children, Brown said.

Reached Tuesday, Olivo told the Daily News the charges are bogus.

“It’s nonsense,” Olivo said. “I’ve never harmed a cat a day in my life.”

Olivo said it was a neighbor who battered the cat. All Olivo did was call 911 to report it, he added.

“I’m an animal lover,” said the one-time barber who claimed to regularly care for stray animals.

“I’m sitting here cuddling with a cat right now.”

Olivo was arraigned Monday on a three-count indictment charging him with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron released Olivo under supervised release program and ordered him to return to court on July 13.

Olivo’s lawyer Rachel Davidson declined to comment.

The accused animal abuser faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

“The defendant is accused of killing a defenseless cat in a cruel and vile act of brutality,” Brown said.

“Such acts of aggression toward animals cannot — and will not be tolerated in Queens County.”


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