Syracuse man arrested, allegedly caused blunt-force injuries that killed cat

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Syracuse man was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 25, after allegedly abusing his cat, causing blunt-force injuries that forced the cat to be euthanized.

24-year-old Frank Paglia was arrested by members of the Syracuse Police Animal Cruelty Unit and charged with one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a felony.

According to the Syracuse Police Animal Cruelty Unit, Paglia allegedly caused numerous blunt-force injuries to a cat named ‘Milo’ on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023.

The alleged attack happened when Paglia tried to get a dog to attack Milo, but he was scratched by the cat.

“Paglia retaliated by stepping on and punching Milo, as well as hitting him with objects. Milo had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries,” stated the Syracuse Police Animal Cruelty Unit.

According to a necropsy conducted at Cornell University, Milo suffered a right eye orbital fracture, with displacement of the eye, a skull fracture, as well as an open rib fracture which led to breathing difficulty.

After Paglia was arrested he was released on an appearance ticket and will reappear in Syracuse City Court at a later date.

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