How could someone harm a defenseless animal? Our pets always show us love. It’s unimaginable to think of someone not returning that affection.
Animal abuse and cruelty are too common. When there’s enough evidence against these people who abuse helpless animals, charges are filed.
Thankfully, in the case of Robert Roy Farmer, a San Jose, California 26-year-old man, surveillance footage and testimony put him away for 16 years for killing 21 cats and sexually abusing a dead feline.
The son of a retired San Jose Police captain, farmer’s deadly murder spree began over two years ago when cats started disappearing from homes in the san Jose neighborhood of Cambrian Park. Farmer was arrested in his car in October 2015 with an unidentified dead orange tabby cat curled up in the center console.
Chunks of fur, a knife, and blood were also found. farmer was initially charged with three felony counts of animal cruelty, which was then increased to 21 felony counts after police found forensic evidence in his car.
More evidence started to stack up against Farmer when surveillance footage from a local home showed him luring their 17-year-old orange tabby cat, GoGo from a front veranda. Poor GoGo disappeared and was never found.
Police interviewed family and friends, revealing that many were afraid of Farmer. One interviewee reported that she let Farmer stay with her and her grandson. The woman told the police that Farmer abused her cat and hit her grandson in the face. The grandson also stated that farmer commented about: “what it would feel like to kill a person.”
In 2016, Farmer pleaded guilty to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty and one count each of misdemeanor battery and being under the influence. He had a prepared letter read in court.
“‘It feels like another man committed these crimes, but I know it was me. It’s so hard to grasp I did this. I stole a member of their family. The fact that I was out of my mind was no excuse.’”
Deputy District attorney, Alexandra Ellis forcefully argued against the letter. She said that farmer’s letter was a “manipulation” and contradicted his diagnosis with antisocial personality disorder and mental health reports that revealed a man with a “profound lack of empathy and remorse” for his crimes and “significant anger” toward his family and who posed a possible danger to the community.
Judge Sharon A. Chatman handed down the sentence. Farmer is to serve 16 years behind bars and after his release isn’t to have contact with cats for ten years.
It doesn’t matter what caused Farmer to murder all these innocent cats. He’s a very sick man, and the cats suffered for it. We’re glad Farmer is where he belongs. We wish the judge would’ve ban farmer from ever having contact with any animal for life. He can’t be trusted to ever be around any pets ever again.