Man Acquitted in Cat Marinating Case


By Kelli Sutterman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 52-year-old Buffalo man accused of "marinating" his cat in his car trunk has been acquitted of animal cruelty.

Gary Korkuc was charged last August after he was pulled over for a traffic infraction and police heard a cat meowing in the trunk. The officers say they found the cat soaked in oil and crushed red peppers. They said Korkuc told them he didn't like the cat, that it got into the food items by accident, and that he was taking it "for a Sunday bath."

The local SPCA cleaned the cat and found it a new home.

After a one-day non-jury trial, Buffalo City Court Judge Philip Marshall on Thursday found Korkuc not guilty. Public defender Michael Pacifico didn't call his client to testify. After the verdict, he declined to comment beyond saying Korkuc was found not guilty.

Korkuc, formerly of suburban Cheektowaga, is now under the care of a Buffalo residential agency for people with mental illness.

The judge fined Korkuc $70 for failing to signal a turn in the original traffic stop and acquitted him of running a stop sign.

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