Success: Serial Cat Killer Given Maximum Punishment

Target: Sharon A. Chatman, Santa Clara County Superior Judge

Goal: Thank judge for delivering the maximum possible penalty for a man found guilty of torturing and killing over a dozen cats.

A man recently convicted of torturing and slaying over a dozen cats will finally be spending time behind bars thanks to a judge’s decision. The man, 26-year-old Robert Farmer of San Jose, California, had wrangled neighborhood cats while under the influence of methamphetamine before torturing and murdering them. Now, thanks to outcry from pet owners, and petitions such as this one from ForceChange, the judge has agreed that Farmer poses a threat to society and has sentenced him to 16 years in jail — the maximum penalty allowed under law.

The killing spree had occurred over a two-month period in 2015. Video footage showing a man luring cats into his backpack had led investigators to the man’s vehicle in a parking lot, where they discovered him sleeping next to a dead cat in a trash bag and evidence strewn throughout the car of his grisly exploits. A necropsy revealed that at least one cat may have been sexually assaulted.

While Farmer’s case was delayed numerous times thanks to his defense attorney, he eventually pleaded guilty and will now be paying for his horrific crimes while pet owners can get the closure they need knowing justice has been served. Sign this petition to thank this judge for standing up for the animals and making sure this serial cat killer will be off the streets for years to come.


Dear Judge Chatman,

We thank you for ensuring that Robert Farmer, the man who tortured and killed over a dozen cats, will face the maximum penalty for his crimes. The unthinkable cruelty and savagery these cats were subjected to has haunted their owners for the past two years, and it is high time that justice was served.

Cases such as Farmer’s highlight the need for animal abuse registries nationwide, but in the meantime we are grateful for instances such as this where justice is served. We, the undersigned, wish to thank you for giving these pet owners the closure they need and for keeping animals safe.


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  1. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Finally a judge who “gets it.” I sincerely hope that the other inmates are aware of his crime and that he remains in general population.

  2. Marjorie Coey says:

    Thanks goodness for intelligent judges! We MUST send the right message…drugs and alcohol are not excuses for animals cruelty!

    His lawyer thinks it is okay to keep this creep out to do more damage.

  3. Carol Brandt says:

    God bless you, Judge, for being humane.

  4. Kristianne Stone says:

    I have the utmost respect for this judge for handing down this sentence to this obviously extremely disturbed individual!! THANK YOU!!

  5. Denise Baudin says:


    ROBERT FARMER, 26-year-old of San Jose, CALIFORNIA

    Hopefully, the animal lovers behind bars are taking real good care of ROBERT FARMER from California………….

    THANK YOU Sharon A. Chatman, Santa Clara County Superior Judge for delivering the maximum possible penalty for a man found guilty of torturing and killing over a dozen cats.

    26-year-old ROBERT FARMER of San Jose, California,

  6. Nooshin Perla says:

    Thank God! Thank you judge for punishing this no good sick crazy moron! PLEASE keep seriously punishing these none humans!!

  7. THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU!!!!!!! I wish other judges would take a lesson from Judge Chapman….there would a lot less animal abuse in this country….again, thank you…

  8. Deborah Jones says:

    Death to all animal abusers, and an extremely horrible, painful death at that. Destroy evil! Return ASAP Jesus. We need you.

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