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July 12, 2016 - 4:13pm

400 Towers resident jailed without bail for allegedly killing his cat by burning it alive in hot oven

posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, animal cruelty.

Mug shots of Darren Annovi.

A 42-year-old man who lives in 400 Towers on East Main Street in the city is charged with aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly killing his cat by putting the live animal in a burning hot oven last night.

Darren Annovi, of Apt. #630, was arrested after firefighters responded to a reported smoke-fire alarm activation call. Upon arrival at 9:08 p.m. on Monday, firefighters found the apartment filled with light smoke. "Further investigation revealed the cause of the smoke to be a deceased cat, located in the oven," says the police report.

"We interviewed the individual in reference to what had taken place and determined he was the one who caused the cat to die," said Batavia PD spokesman Det. Eric Hill. "Our investigation indicates the cat was alive when it was placed in the oven."

Hill said he could not discuss how police made that determination or what Annovi's motive may have been. The cat's age is unknown.

Batavia Police interviewed Annovi then arrested him. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court before Judge Balbick and put in Genesee County Jail without bail. Annovi is to reappear in Batavia City Court at 10 a.m. Wednesdsay. Batavia PD is working closely with the management at Batavia Housing Authority in reference to the case.

david spaulding
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doesn't surprise me, maybe the guy ran out of funds on his benefits (entitlement) card and was hungry......

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It would be nice if there had been a better placement for him other than with senior citizens.

Lorie Cook
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I was thinking the same thing. You are allowed to have pets there?

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Reminder, definitely, no name calling.

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Sorry Howard for my quick reaction/comment to this news story. I understand.
Just so heartbreaking to hear of this cat’s horrible demise.

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When my mom was there (3 years ago) pets are allowed,just need an extra security deposit for them. It used to be for the elderly, they allow disabled folks in there also.

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"doesn't surprise me, maybe the guy ran out of funds on his benefits (entitlement) card and was hungry......"

Once again I am impressed by the amount of pure ignorance packed into a few words. I would love to hear Mr. Spaulding's ideas about how to treat the mentally ill.

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This is really gross and disgusting, so my cat says as she reads over my shoulder. Seriously, this is what you get when you put people with mental challenges into the community without a safety net.

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where in this story does it say he is mentally challenged...although you would have to be to do that to a poor helpless animal.....give this guy the stiffest penalty possible

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I doubt many people consider 42 elderly thus the assumption of being disabled?

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Good thing my mom isn't still around to see this,let alone where she lived. She was an AVID animal lover and she definitely would've tried to run him over w/ her powerchair or hit him with her walker. I truly hope they do not let him continue to live there whenever he gets out of jail.....

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