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Arrests Made in Two Scranton Cat Stabbings

SCRANTON — Police in Scranton made arrests this week in two separate incidents where a man was accused of brutally stabbing cats.

Both men were sent to jail, but people in Scranton and the police officers investigating the crimes are still shocked by how this could happen twice in one week.

These were two very different scenarios. Police say the trend is alarming. In one case, officers say a man lured a cat in order to kill it. And then last night, police say a man looking for revenge stabbed a cat and her three kittens:

Doctors said Bunny the cat and her kitten are doing just fine at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Clarks Summit. They were brought there Wednesday night from Scranton, both with severe stab wounds.

Bunny’s two other kittens didn’t make it though.

Police said the found the whole litter in this house on the city’s south side. Officers said all of the cats had been stabbed and the house flooded.

Police arrested Anderson Wallace of Scranton. According to court papers, Wallace broke in to his ex-girlfriend’s house and stabbed the cats repeatedly with a steak knife.

What’s more disturbing though, police say, is that this was the second cat stabbing arrest in Scranton this week.

Police arrested University of Scranton student Peter Freshour on Sunday after he admitted to luring a cat towards his apartment on Taylor Avenue and stabbing it to death.

“I have three {cats} of my own, I don’t even let them get out anymore,” said neighbor Jennifer Sheerer.

Sheerer and William Giordano live across the street from Freshour’s apartment. They’re keeping a closer eye on their three cats now.

They said police are often in that area of the Hill Section. But, this time, the crime was unimaginable.

“Finding out that they are killing some poor kids cat? That’s a little overboard. And, knowing that it happened to more than one, it’s something you don’t expect to see. Anybody who would do that to an animal is immoral,” said Giordano.

Both suspects are charged with animal cruelty.

Peter Freshour was released from Lackawanna County prison Thursday morning on $5,000 bail. Anderson Wallace is still locked up.



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