Man pleads guilty to torturing, killing 20 cats


SAN JOSE, Calif. (ABC NEWS) – A California man pleaded guilty to 21 counts of felony animal cruelty at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice.

Robert Farmer, 25, was arrested last year in the case.

“What he did to our cats was horrible, my cat Thumper ended up in a trash can,” San Jose resident Myriam Martinez said.

Martinez is among those who lost their cats and she still can’t get over what happened.

“He was killing these poor cats by the elementary school. He did horrible in-humane things to these poor animals, what prevents him from doing something else to somebody else?”

Farmer faces up to 16 years in prison after admitting to these crimes — which happened over a two-month stretch last fall.

Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Ellis says surveillance video helped detectives track him down

“Our hearts go out to the families that were affected by this crime, and we look forward to Mr. Farmer being held accountable for these heinous acts,” Ellis said.

Officials with the humane society hope this case will serve as a learning opportunity for the community.

“Educate children from a very early age, to respect and care for animals, and identify with animals, as part of the community,” Leonor Delgado, of the Palo Alto Humane Society, said.

Animal lovers leaving the building with a heavy heart.

“It just makes me sad, that people can actually, that people can take a living thing, and actually do that to them without any thought,” San Jose Resident Ron Vierra said.

Families who have been effected will have a chance to address Farmer when he returns to court on December 8.

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