Man Who Killed 21 Cats May Be Deemed a Sex Offender
One of the cats showed signs of sexual abuse
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Robert Farmer   (Mugshot)

(Newser) – A California man who killed nearly two-dozen cats may be forced to register as a sex offender, but grieving pet owners will have to wait a little longer to find out, the Mercury News reports. Robert Farmer, 25, was found guilty of stealing, torturing, and killing 21 cats in October 2015 in San Jose. He's facing up to 16 years in prison for those crimes. A dead cat found in the car where he was sleeping when he was arrested showed signs of sexual abuse; if the court decides the murder of the cat "was sexually motivated," Farmer could have to register as a sex offender. "He needs to be registered for something," says one woman whose cat GoGo was taken from her porch. "It's our only hope."

Meanwhile, pet owners are frustrated as Farmer's sentencing date continues to be pushed back. It was delayed again on Friday. He's due back in court in March.

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