Man charged with killing cat to undergo mental evaluation

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An East Providence man will undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation after admitting to police he brutally killed his family’s cat.

Anthony Strovato, 23, of Riverside, was arraigned Friday on charges of malicious killing of an animal and malicious damage to property, a felony and a misdemeanor, respectively.

East Providence police said the cat had been beaten with a log, burned, and kicked to death. It was found Oct. 15 in the area of Riverside Middle School, and police were able to track down the suspect after he was spotted sleeping in a nearby storage container earlier in the day by a school resource officer.

According to police, the suspect confessed to the crime in writing, saying he wanted to impress a girl and show that he could follow through with something.

Police said they’ve had prior contact with Strovato for mental health issues. His mother told officers she wanted her son to be charged so police could start getting him treatment.

The judge, lawyer, and a clinician had a conference at the bench and determined Strovato needs to be evaluated. His $50,000 bail was converted to $10,000 personal recognizance, and he will be hospitalized so it can be determined what type of assistance he needs.

If Strovato doesn’t cooperate with all aspects of the evaluation, he will be held in prison as a bail violator.

He’s due back in court Oct. 22 for a pretrial hearing.

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