To the Rescue: Late for Dinner … Luckily
A bizarre cruelty case leads to a new home for New York’s “marinated” cat
It’s an adoption counselor’s worst nightmare: The adopter who seemed perfectly nice and rational at your front desk, who took one of your animals home, turns out to be more than a little loopy. The pet you adopted is involved in a bizarre case of animal abuse, and the story is picked up by media outlets around the world.
Alice Malone, a staff member at the SPCA Serving Erie County in Tonawanda, N.Y., had to live through it.
The story started when officers Jerry Guilian and John Poisson of the Buffalo Police Department’s Mobile Response Unit made a routine traffic stop at 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 8. They pulled over a car whose driver, Cheektowaga resident Gary L. Korkuc, had failed to use his turn signal. During the stop, the officers heard a cat meowing in the car’s trunk, and they asked Korkuc to open it. Inside, they found a black-and-white cat who, according to a police report, was in a cage apparently “marinating” in a mixture of crushed red peppers, chili pepper, salt, and oil.
Police charged Korkuc with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals. Officers called the SPCA in Tonawanda—the Buffalo Police Department has a good working relationship with the shelter, which is a 15- to 20-minute drive from the site of the traffic stop. A humane officer came to transport the cat to the facility.