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Animal Legal Defense Fund
Update: Cat Killer Faces Sentencing
Published 1-23-03 (Fonda, N.Y.)
A New York teenager who helped another teen kill cats has pleaded guilty to
misdemeanor animal abuse. Carly N. Furman was Nicholas Brodsky's accomplice
when Brodsky used an ax and knives to kill and dismember his sister's cats.
Late last year, Brodsky was sentenced to two years in jail for felony animal
cruelty. Now Furman faces a sentencing hearing in March before Judge Paul L.
Judge Paul. L. Wollman
Amsterdam City Court
One Guy Park Ave. Extension
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Re: Animal cruelty case against Carly N. Furman
The Honorable Judge Paul. L. Wollman:
I write to respectfully request that you impose the maximum penalty against
Carly N. Furman at his sentencing hearing in March.
It is my understanding that Carly Furman has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
animal abuse for helping another teen, Nicholas Brodsky, kill cats. Furman
was Brodsky's accomplice when Brodsky used an ax and knives to kill and
dismember his sister's cats. For his role in the killings, Brodsky was
sentenced late last year to two years in jail for felony animal cruelty.
As you may know, research in psychology and criminology shows that people
who commit acts of cruelty against animals often move on to their fellow
humans. Recent cases of random attacks on high school students and children
show that each disturbed individual had a history of animal abuse. Each time
we ignore animal abuse, we allow the possibility that the perpetrator's
emotional illness will escalate into human tragedy, sometimes of epidemic
proportions. We must send a clear message to people capable of intentionally
inflicting serious injury or death to helpless animals that such brutal and
senseless crimes will not be tolerated and there are guaranteed consequences
for those who would show such disdain for the law. To allow individuals
guilty of perpetrating such cruel and violent acts to go unpunished or not
sufficiently punished, would be to sanction these horrific crimes and would
permit them, and others, to possibly go on to commit serious and violent
crimes against innocent human beings.
I request that the maximum penalty one year in jail and a $1,000 fine be
imposed against Carly N. Furman. I also ask that he receive mandatory
psychological counseling and be prohibited from ever owning or harboring
animals in the future, no matter where he may reside.
Please keep the seriousness of this crime in mind when making your ruling,
and protect the people and animals of the community by imposing the maximum
Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.