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Originally Posted: October 8, 2008

Demand Retrial For Vicious Cat Killer

From Kinship Circle

Please retry Joseph Petcka, the one-time minor league pitcher and aspiring
actor who killed his girlfriend's cat Norman on March 27, 2007. Even though
Manhattan jurors deadlocked 11-1 at Petcka's recent aggravated animal
cruelty trial, the public demands justice for his senseless act of violence.

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Contact Information

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Leila Kermani
Office of the Manhattan District Attorney
One Hogan Place
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-335-9000 (Ext 3574 for Ms. Kermani's office)

COPY:
Hon. Daniel P. Fitzgerald
New York County Supreme Court
111 Centre Street, Room 763, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10007
ph: 646-386-4052; fax: 212-401-9265

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Sample Letter

This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. Write a personal letter using these talking points:

Assistant District Attorney Leila Kermani and Hon. Daniel P. Fitzgerald:

Please retry Joseph Petcka, the one-time minor league pitcher and aspiring
actor who killed his girlfriend's cat Norman on March 27, 2007. Even though
Manhattan jurors deadlocked 11-1 at Petcka's recent aggravated animal
cruelty trial, the public demands justice for his senseless act of violence.

As you know, jealous rage drove Petcka to fatally batter and kick former
girlfriend Lisa Altobelli's 8-pound orange and white tabby. Claiming "You
love Norman more than me!" Petcka was later overheard wooing the cat with
"Norman, Norman, Norman." Altobelli was asleep when Petcka reportedly
grasped her neck, kneed her side, and said Norman had bitten him.

Altobelli told a Manhattan Supreme Court jury she fled, believing that
Norman was directly behind her. Instead, she later discovered her cat's
mutilated body beneath a bedside table. According to an ASPCA investigator,
Norman suffered smashed ribs and teeth. His internal injuries were so
severe, he died as his lungs filled with blood.

If this case results in a retrial for Petcka, please seek maximum penalties
allowed by law, including incarceration and fines. Petcka ought to undergo
psychological evaluation and intensive anger management counseling. He
should be barred from contact with animals.

Petcka had vented rage on Norman in the past. Altobelli told jurors she'd
found her frightened cat drenched in water. "He was hissing [at Petcka],"
Altobelli testified. "Obviously, that was a huge red flag." But the flag
wasn't red enough to convince all jurors. Similar "blind rage" once stirred
Petcka to slam a door on another ex-girlfriend, severing her fingertip
(although this incident was banned from the trial).

Violence against animals is a well-documented precursor to violence against
humans. Randall Lockwood, Ph.D., a frequent consultant to cruelty
investigators, law enforcers, and mental health professionals, assesses an
offender's style of animal abuse. Lockwood describes violence against
non-threatening creatures unlikely to retaliate as a precursor to assaulting
children, the elderly or disabled.

In fact, animal cruelty investigations often uncover domestic violence or
other signs of a troubled family, P. Arkow notes in Breaking the cycles of
violence: A guide to multi-disciplinary interventions.

Violence rarely occurs in a vacuum. Please do not let Joseph Petcka harm
another living being. Thank you for your pursuit of justice in this
disturbing case.

Sincerely,

Sources of Information:

Prosecutors consider retrial in cat-killing case

Celeb. Boyfriend Kills Girlfriends Cat in Jealous Rage - Petition

Punish Cat Killer - Petition

Prosecutors barred from mentioning cat killer's fight with ex

Topics: Joseph Petcka Cat Killer, Related Stories

Topics: Lisa Altobelli (Normanís Person), Related Stories

Petcka trial ends in a hung jury


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