A California man, Robert Roy Farmer, who abducted, abused, and killed at least 21 neighborhood cats over a two-year time frame has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars. Farmer has been diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and was reportedly using methamphetamine at the time of the crimes. Farmer was identified after the abduction of a 17-year-old cat was caught on security footage and was later found sleeping in his car with the body of a female cat curled up in his center console.
Evidence presented at trial appeared to indicate that in addition to killing the cats, Farmer may have sexually abused the female cat found with him in his car after its death. At issue was whether Farmer would be required to register as a sex offender. However, these acts are an atypical research subject of veterinary medicine, and the judge determined the evidence was "not a piece of evidence I can put on your side of the scale.”
Farmer has expressed remorse and explained that “it feels like another man committed these crimes, but I know it was me.” One cat owner indicated that the conviction and sentencing has brought some relief and stated that “It’ll be not closure completely, but partially.”