Man Accused of Kidnapping and Torturing Cat on Social Media Must be Severely Punished

Target: Michael E. McMahon, District Attorney, Richardson County, New York

Goal: Seek the maximum possible penalty for man accused of torturing a neighbor’s cat and posting it to social media.

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly torturing a cat on Facebook Live. Tyrike Richardson, a 21-year-old from New York City, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal and torturing and starving an animal. The cat in question, a 2-year-old white cat named Chester, was allegedly stolen from a neighbor. Even the DeBlasio administration spoke out against the violence, calling it “incredibly disturbing.”

The live feed was found by NYPD’s Gang Squad. They saw the cat being struck with a wooden chair. Later in the video, the cat was seen laying motionless while being poked and beaten with a broom handle. The man in the video was also seen taunting the cat with a knife.

Fortunately the cat survived and was found in a garbage can by police. “It was frail and weak,” said the detective who found tortured cat barely alive.

After the cat was rescued, a veterinary examination revealed multiple blunt force trauma injuries, including rib fractures and lung, liver, and kidney injuries.

Fortunately, the cat was rescued before it was killed. Chester is now in the care of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where he will require intensive rehabilitation before eventually being placed in a home.

This type of shocking and deliberate cruelty is unacceptable. Anyone who can do this to an innocent animal is dangerous, and could be capable of escalating the violence to humans in the future. Sign the petition below to demand that the person responsible is punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Dear Mr. McMahon,

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly torturing his neighbor’s cat and posting it to social media. Tyrike Richardson, a 21-year-old from New York City, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal for allegedly dropping a wooden chair on a 2-year-old white cat named Chester. Rishardson was also apparently seen beating Chester with a broom handle and taunting him with a knife.

Anyone capable of this type of cruelty could be at high risk of hurting more animals in the future or even escalating the violence toward humans. We, the undersigned, ask you to make an example out of the person responsible by seeking the maximum possible penalty under the law.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Staten Island Advance

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  1. Annie Au Yong says:

    You got a VERY SICK young man here….He has to be put away in a Sanatorium for good..I feel sorry for his parents to have such monster son !
    Chances are he can do this to the cat so can he do it to children….

  2. Margrit Simons says:

    This person is potentially very dangerous and should receive the maximum punishment possible!

  3. If someone is incapable of holding a sentence due to mental issues which I’m sure all these peace of shits will claim; then they need to be condemned to looney bin with the same exact rules as a jail. I hope this guy gets what he derserves. How sick and disgusting can you be?


    And they r still on Facebook I wish these petitions will hit their Facebook page on all these p.o.s. out here torturing animals

    • Nena Miller says:

      Why the hell aren’t these taken down as soon as found. Sociopathic creeps feast on this crap.

      • laura lawler says:

        That’s true..but the other side of it is : at least on social media today they can catch the ________ a lot quicker than yrs ago!! L

  5. Christiane Berthier says:

    So young and so mad. You are discusting.
    You have no heart.
    For your sort of people the next time it could be with a human.
    Poor little cat with pure love.
    The maximum penalty and the obligation to have a treatment

  6. Firstly a big thank you to the hero’s who saved the cat. Secondly I ask that the judge and jury serve MAXIMUM PENALTY as this animal is a sentient being and will be psychologically distressed for many years due to the cat suffering violence physically, emotionally and psychologically.

    • laura lawler says:

      Agreed.. they saved him just in time..honestly, when I first saw the pic of this poor innocent cat lying there w/the broom handle to his poor body.. I thought he did’nt make it!! May he heal and find a loving home and good life!! L

  7. Nena Miller says:

    This is the kind of sick sociopathic creep who will not stop this. He should be watched and monitored. There should be a damn registry so unwitting neighbors who live near this monster would know to NEVER unwittingly let him near their animals or children (for they will be next). Better yet get rid of him. He will continue to wreak havoc on our world. He is so dangerous.

  8. E . Meeester says:

    that man should be put behind barrs before he can do more harm to animals , humans. he is a danger for society because he is a sadist ,

  9. Type in this psycho’s name on line..bring up the article from Silive titled *Sister defends brother saying there’s alot of good to this kid*, you’ll see his Mother and Sister are defending this idiot..saying he thought it was a stray who got in..?? How he *Just loovvves cats*..etc. etc. Stupid breeds stupid. Unbelievable. I couldn’t access the comments.

    • laura lawler says:

      What a crock sister and mom must be just as deranged.. even if this was a stray that “who just git in” is taht any excuse!? for what he did ? he deserves to be locked up..L

    • Yes. His mother should be ashamed. What a monster. Evil and wicked needs to be eliminated

    • I agree with you . What good? Best thing for the nasty, evil brat is a fatal accident . Every animal deserves love and respect, stray or not – what a dreadful family, are they just thick and stupid or really evil, what is worse is that they breed and through that a little cat has to suffer . Thank you to the rescuers

    • Shallow gene pool

  10. This is the the of sadistic scary violent criminal that deserves mandatory sentencing! Any sick moron who is capable of this type of cruelty should receive a long mandatory prison sentence and this violent out of control f should be monitored for the rest of their sad life. Mr McMahon, if you do not put this violent criminal n jail he should stay at your house, do NOT put this freak out on the street, let this criminal live with you if you do not want this sadistic beast in jail!

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