DATE/TIME: Friday, November 21st, 2003 / 04:05 PM
SUBJECT:Man Charged With Aggravated Animal Cruelty

Schenectady Police have made an arrest after an investigation into an animal cruelty incident that occurred in front of 414 Union Street this morning at 9:46 am. A witness to the incident stopped a car traveling on Union Street and asked the driver to notify police.

The witness reported observing a man carrying two cats walking on Union Street place what appeared to be a rope around the neck of one of the cats. The suspect then violently yanked on the rope, at which time the cat flew off the rope and fell lifelessly to the ground. The witness tried to intervene, but the suspect continued the attacks on the cats, removing the rope from the neck of the dead cat and placing around the neck of the second cat. The suspect then violently dragged the second cat down Union Street, leaving a path of blood on the sidewalk. The suspect next entered his 404 Union Street apartment, where he was located by police and placed under arrest. Animal control officers found the second cat alive, still with a telephone cord tied around its neck.

**Issac Oliver, 58, of 404 Union Street Apartment 5, is charged with one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class E Felony under New York Agriculture and Markets Law. He is being held in the Schenectady City lockup pending arraignment.