Dad Repeatedly Punched And Slammed Family Cat Into Wall Causing Fatal Injuries

Published: March 13, 2021 at 01:36 PM Author: PENNY EIMS

Newberry Township, Pennsylvania – A Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged after his own daughter called the police to report that he had severely beaten the family’s cat. The man accused of the sickening act is identified as 68-year-old Norman Dalton Denslow, of Newberry Township.

Denslow’s daughter told the police that she could hear something getting slammed against the wall of her dad’s bedroom and when she investigated, her dad told her that he killed that cat, after hitting it “nine to 10 times.”

This is a despicable act of cruelty that cannot go unpunished! Denslow is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal and a summary offense of disorderly conduct; with your support, we will push for the maximum sentence!!

Police who responded to Norman Denslow’s daughter’s call for help found an unresponsive cat, surrounded by blood, but still breathing. The injuries caused by this man were so severe that the cat did not survive.

When questioned by the authorities, Denslow told him that he punched the cat “around nine times” after the cat bit him on the hand. This was not a knee-jerk response – this was a grown man punching a small, fragile cat over, and over, and over again until the cat died. What Denslow did is unconscionable and he must be held accountable for his actions.

Please add your name to the petition today – we will be fighting for the maximum punishment to keep this man behind bars for as long as possible! Denslow remains in custody and his arraignment is scheduled for April 6, 2021.


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Update 6/03/2022: VICTORY! Norman Denslow was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months in jail and a maximum of 36 months. He is to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and complete any recommended counseling.  THANK YOU to everyone who signed this petition!

Update 5/12/2022: Animal Victory has sent 27,265 signatures to Attorney Phoebe Yates.

Update 4/19/2022: Animal Victory has learned that sentencing is scheduled for 05/24/2022 at 1:30 pm in courtroom 6003.

Update 3/24/2022: Animal Victory was informed that a call list occurred on 3/17/2022.  Our understanding of a call list is when the Judge first takes attendance by calling all the names on the list to see if they are there and asking their lawyer whether the case is planned for a trial, guilty plea, or an ARD.

Update 10/4/2021: The trial date is expected to be on November 8, 2021. Phoebe Yates is the new attorney on the case; Animal Victory has sent 17,424 signatures to DA Phoebe Yates. Letter to DA Phoebe Yates.

Update 6/15/2021: Animal Victory has learned the court is scheduled for the week of October 4, 2021.

Update 4/5/2021: Animal Victory has sent 17,365 signatures and comments today to DA Jen Tobias.  Read our letter here.


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