Punish Person Who Allegedly Tortured Cat on Social Media

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. 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. Mania Azad says:

    He deserves the same treatment.

  2. Maximum penalty for this sadistic torturer.
    So glad this poor innocent cat was rescued.

  3. Kathleen Oneil-Holding says:

    Horrific. This is what psychopaths do prior to torturing humans. Horrifying. Make an example of him.

  4. I’m sorry why are we using the word “alegedly” when there was video of the S.O.B doing this.Dont protect him!
    This makes me sick someone would do such a heinius act! He needs to be away for a long time!!!!!

  5. Omg how absolutely horrible. Thank god the cat lived!! I hope he gets adopted into a wonderful SAFE home.

    • I also Hope To God Chester gets better!! Chester, pls show the inhuman COWARD who did horrific act to you, you are not broken & WILL get BETTER. A person with a very loving heart will make their home your forever home! PLS KEEP FIGHTING CHESTER…LOVE TO YOU!!!

  6. nilda Rippon says:

    Signed to stop Cruelties and tortured killing of helpless defenseless Voiceless lives living being created from God! This evil inhumane torturing the helpless voiceless cat should be STOP And punished in prisomment for long periods of years! This evil inhumane is dangerous in world society. Signed to punish this abusers evil in prisomment for long periods of years! Signed

  7. Beat the living day-lights out of him and put it on Social Media and don’t give him life saving treatment because he is a waste of space and air and a real danger to our Society!!!

  8. Daniel Damon says:

    Can we please have a name ?
    It will save the court a lot of time and money.

  9. This Sick Twisted human Bastard is a future Serial Killer — He needs to be taken Off the Streets !!!!!!

  10. michelle taylor says:

    I am ready,willing and able to help enact the required permanent payback to any animal abuser.

  11. I wish, somehow that these freaks would just stroke out the second they even think of something like this. I wish they would all die.


  13. Keishie McDaniel says:

    Ppl like this make me sick this man needs to have the living shit beat out of him and left for the vultures..I do pray for Chester’s speedy recovery.. Get well soon Chester decent loving ppl love u very much and someone will give u a very loving home with lots of love..love u Chester????

  14. Angelina Talos says:

    How many disgusted and horrified ‘animal lovers’ on this thread are vegan. Have you seen the horror and depravity of the slaughter/dairy/fur industry?

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