COHOES, N.Y. -- Albany Police arrest a Cohoes man that they said brutally beat and killed a cat.
Officers working near the Times Union Center said they were flagged down by someone who told them a man sitting on the building's steps had just killed the animal on South Pearl Street. That's where they said they found James Backus, 44.
Police said he grabbed a cat by the tail and pounded it's head on the sidewalk several times before killing it and then dumped it in a city garbage can. Police said the cat may have also been hit by a car and was laying in the street injured before the incident.
Backus was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.