Cat nailed to tree crucifixion style in New York

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Disturbing, shocking and disgusting.

Just a few of the words police, local vets and neighbors have used to describe what two teens found at Steinmetz Park.

While walking through the park a little before 4 p.m. Wednesday, the teenagers spotted the black and grey striped cat nailed to a tree. They told their parents right away and reported it to police.

Although the cat was taken to an animal hospital, police have confirmed that the cat was dead when the teens found it.

“The cat in its entirety was nailed to the tree in a crude, crucifixion-style manner,” Schenectady Police Lt. Mark McCracken said.

“The deceased cat was processed by one of our crime scene guys and taken to a local vet who’s arranging for a necropsy,” McCracken said.

Police are still trying to determine exactly when and at whose hands the cat died, and they are treating the case as a possible felony.

“We have to determine whether or not it was a result of natural causes or if it was alive when it was hung up on a tree,” McCracken said.

Brad Shear is the director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Through his work with abused animals, he has already determined one thing.

“Somebody got nails, got a hammer, brought them to a place and decided to do this,” he said. “This is a person we should all look for and be afraid of.”

The suspect may be in violation of Buster’s Law, which was created in response to another animal cruelty case.

“Buster was a cat set on fire,” Shear said. “It took that kind of action to get Buster’s Law passed, initially.”

But before anyone can be held accountable, police need to find the person who committed the disturbing act.

“It was a living creature,” McCracken said. “It didn’t deserve to be treated like that.”

Officials are not sure if the cat was a stray or belonged to someone. A necropsy will be done at Cornell to determine the exact cause of death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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