Second family cat found dead weeks after previous cat found hanging on fence

For the second time in as many weeks, Eddie Martinez said the family cat was found dead.

“You get home for the same thing you’re going over, and here’s exactly what you see,” Martinez said.

Martinez said he came home from court to find Kiwi, a stray the family took in, lying stiff near the back fence.

Martinez was in court in the first place dealing with a restraining against his neighbor, who two weeks ago admitted trying to strangle their last cat, Boo, who was found hanging on a fence.

“I tried to asphyxiate the cat and I couldn’t pull through with it. I tried to asphyxiate the cat with a rope,” Martinez said.

Police then arrested Martinez’s neighbor, who spoke with Local 10 News after bonding out of jail. Edward Rodriguez-Monteagudo claims the cat ran off after he tied a rope around its neck, but police said he mutilated the animal before leaving it on the fence for the family to see.

“I thought it was a stray,” Rodriguez-Monteagudo said. “It had no collar.”

Their attorney is asking for leniency for what she calls the kid, but the kid is a 20-year-old man.

This second cat case is still under investigation. Police don’t know how this cat died yet.

The restraining order was extended Wednesday.

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Pizza delivery driver crashes car into Domino’s in Hialeah

A delivery driver crashed her gray Toyota Camry into a Domino’s on Sunday in Hialeah.

When a car smashed into the entrance of the pizza place, employee Christopher Penas said he ran for cover.

Glass hit me, but I didn’t get cut,” he told Local 10 News.

The car barreled through the front window of the store at West 60th Street and West 20th Avenue, coming to a stop in the lobby.

The driver was visibly shaken after the crash. She could be seen wearing a bandage on her hand and had cuts on her arm.

“She by accident accelerated and went right into the store,” Penas said. “Thank God I was on the other side of the store or I would’ve been hit.”

The driver was taken to an area hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Domino’s was boarded up and shut Sunday after the car was towed away. A sign on the window told customers to visit another Domino’s location on West 49th Street.

 

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2 horses stolen from Hialeah ranch

Two horses were reported stolen Friday morning from a ranch in Hialeah.

The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a news release that the horses were discovered missing at 6:30 a.m. from the ranch at 16480 NW 117th Ave.

One of the horses is a chestnut Quarter Horse mare and the other is a bay Paso Fino gelding.

Caretaker Yamil Gonzalez told the South Florida SPCA that that a portion of the property’s fencing was cut, indicating foul play.

“I don’t understand why these two were taken. There were five other horses in the barn. Someone just walked in and chose those two and took them out of their stalls. There were two others outside they walked past,” Gonzalez said.

One horse owner told Local 10 News that he is worried for his animal.

“My main concern is that I really don’t want to see the horse end up as meat on someone’s table,” George Martinez said. “These horses are not bred for eating. These horses are highly maintained. They take shots for west nile, so human consumption is not proper for these horses.”

The South Florida SPCA is working with Gonzalez and the Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol to help find the horses.

“This is a horrible situation for the owners and those who care for these horses. We strongly urge the public to call with any information they have,” South Florida SPCA horse rescue president Kathleen Monahan said.

Another horse was reported missing May 5 from southwest Miami-Dade.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the Miami-Dade Police Agricultural Unit at 786-218-8344.

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Hialeah man accused of hanging neighbor’s cat on wooden fence

A Hialeah man was arrested Wednesday after he tortured and killed his neighbor’s cat, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, the victim called 911 after finding the mutilated remains of the cat hanging from a wooden fence.

Police said the cat had a tight rope fastened around its neck, its stomach was slit from the middle to the tail and its left paw was severed.

Detectives questioned the victim’s neighbor, Eduard Rodriguez-Monteagudo, 20, who confessed to luring the animal to his home, police said.

Authorities said Rodriguez-Monteagudo said that he was smoking a cigarette outside his home at about 3 a.m. Wednesday when the victim’s cat walked into his yard.

He said he lured the cat into his bedroom and played with it.

Police said Rodriguez-Monteagudo told them that he then became upset at the cat. The remainder of the discussion with police was redacted from the arrest report.

The suspect was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty with the intent to injure or kill.

Rodriguez-Monteagudo spoke to Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez after he bonded out of jail.

He claimed that he tried to kill the cat, but then “couldn’t go through with it.”

“He didn’t chicken out because what we saw back there was a pretty gruesome sight,” the cat’s owner, Eddie Martinez, said.

Rodriguez-Monteagudo told Suarez that he tied something around the cat’s neck and then let it go. He claimed that he never cut the cat and that it hanged itself.

When asked what the cat did to make him tie something around the cat’s neck to harm it, Rodriguez-Monteagudo said: “Literally, nothing.”

The man told Suarez that his own insecurities caused him to hurt the animal.

“For once in my life, I pretty much have everything and I’ve never accomplished anything in this world,” Rodriguez-Monteagudo said. “And I tried to and I couldn’t even pull through it because I’m a ‘expletive.'”                                                                                                                       

The cat’s owner told Local 10 News that the cat was named Boo and was 5 years old.

Hialeah police said Rodriguez-Monteagudo was recently hospitalized under Florida’s Baker Act for trying to cut off his genitals.

When asked if he would be willing to get help, Rodriguez-Monteagudo said: “Yes, but for other issues not relating to this.”

Rodriguez-Monteagudo’s father told Local 10 News that he was disturbed by the allegations against his son.

 

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Hialeah man accused of hanging neighbor’s cat on wooden fence

A Hialeah man was arrested Wednesday after he tortured and killed his neighbor’s cat, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, the victim called 911 after finding the mutilated remains of the cat hanging from a wooden fence.

Police said the cat had a tight rope fastened around its neck, its stomach was slit from the middle to the tail and its left paw was severed.

Detectives questioned the victim’s neighbor, Eduard Rodriguez-Monteagudo, 20, who confessed to luring the animal to his home, police said.

Authorities said Rodriguez-Monteagudo said that he was smoking a cigarette outside his home at about 3 a.m. Wednesday when the victim’s cat walked into his yard.

He said he lured the cat into his bedroom and played with it.

Police said Rodriguez-Monteagudo told them that he then became upset at the cat. The remainder of the discussion with police was redacted from the arrest report.

The suspect was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty with the intent to injure or kill.

Rodriguez-Monteagudo spoke to Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez after he bonded out of jail.

He claimed that he tried to kill the cat, but then “couldn’t go through with it.”

“He didn’t chicken out because what we saw back there was a pretty gruesome sight,” the cat’s owner, Eddie Martinez, said.

Rodriguez-Monteagudo told Suarez that he tied something around the cat’s neck and then let it go. He claimed that he never cut the cat and that it hanged itself.

When asked what the cat did to make him tie something around the cat’s neck to harm it, Rodriguez-Monteagudo said: “Literally, nothing.”

The man told Suarez that his own insecurities caused him to hurt the animal.

“For once in my life, I pretty much have everything and I’ve never accomplished anything in this world,” Rodriguez-Monteagudo said. “And I tried to and I couldn’t even pull through it because I’m a ‘expletive.'”                                                                                                                       

The cat’s owner told Local 10 News that the cat was named Boo and was 5 years old.

Hialeah police said Rodriguez-Monteagudo was recently hospitalized under Florida’s Baker Act for trying to cut off his genitals.

When asked if he would be willing to get help, Rodriguez-Monteagudo said: “Yes, but for other issues not relating to this.”

Rodriguez-Monteagudo’s father told Local 10 News that he was disturbed by the allegations against his son.

 

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