A Queens man will face up to 10 months in jail for stabbing and then tossing his cat off of a third-floor balcony and then stomping it to death on the sidewalk — all in view of horrified children that were playing outside.
Just before he was set to go to trial, Giovanni Olivo, 31, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty and third-degree attempted intimidating a witness.
On Sept. 30, 2016, Olivo was seen throwing a cat from his former third-floor balcony home on Beach 26th Street, in Queens, New York. After the cat hit the ground, Olivo was seen by several people — including children — going down to the street and then stomping on the cat, yelling “you’re dead to this world.”
He later made threats to a neighbor who witnessed the crime to try to stop the person from testifying against him at trial.
As part of his plea agreement, he will be banned from owning an animal for five years and must register with the New York City Department of Health as an animal abuser, whichwill prevent city shelters, rescue groups and/or pet stores from allowing Olivo to purchase or adopt a pet.
He is due back in court on Sept. 12 for sentencing, where will be ordered to serve 10 months incarceration.