Tyler Hayes Weinman has been arrested and charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty. More than 30 cats have been found dead this past month in the Miami, Florida area and Weinman has been charged with their torture, mutilation and deaths. Read more and see his mug shot and a video of his first court appearance below.
A month long killing spree of pet cats in Miami, Florida has hopefully come to an end with the arrest of 18-year-old Tyler Hayes Weinman. Police have linked Weinman to the torture and mutilation of 19 out of the 34 cats found dead recently. He is also charged with 19 counts of improper disposal of dead animals and four counts of burglary. The cats were skinned, gutted and posed in the yards of their owners.
Tyler Weinman works at the occasional odd job but spends most of his time at home in Cutler Bay, Florida. His parents are divorced. His father and step-mother live a short distance away in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Interestingly, his step-mother is known to be a cat lover. All 19 cats he is charged with killing were from both areas. Police are unsure at this time whether Weinman had any accomplices in his alleged serial cat killing spree.
Spokesperson for the state attorney’s office Terry Shavez said Weinman faces 158 years in state prison if convicted on all counts. Fierce debates have sprung up on the internet about whether or not this arrest is fair. Friends of Weinman say he is a pet lover and have set up a Facebook page in his support, Justice for Tyler, reminding people that he is innocent until proven guilty. Another Facebook page has been set up, Justice for Cat Mutilations. Both sides of the debate are fierce in their stances. Fortunately, we have courts of law that will decide his guilt or innocence.
It’s my fervent hope that if he is convicted, he receives the full sentence. I don’t know what makes a person this sadistic, this perverse, and frankly, I don’t give a damn. Can you even imagine going into your own yard and finding your own pet skinned and dead? Can you imagine your child seeing their pet this way? Can you imagine the horrific suffering these cats went through? I get nauseous and tearful just writing about it.
If guilty of the mutilation, torture and murder of these 19 cats, Tyler Hayes Weinman should never see the light of day again. It is a proven fact that animal abusers end up abusing humans eventually. It’s only a matter of time before they go on to bigger and better ‘game’. Animal abusers are like pedophiles in that they cannot be cured, nor do they want to be. They delight in inflicting pain on the weakest and most vulnerable in society. If I ruled the world, child and animal abusers would receive the death penalty. They have no place in society, and my tax dollars toward incarceration would be better spent elsewhere …. like studying the mating habits of drunken piss ants..
Please spare me the “it’s only a cat/animal” rhetoric. We are talking about living defenseless creatures here. They feel love, fear, pain. They deserve better than this, and it’s up to us to see that animal abuse stops. Harsh sentences would be a good start.
Tyler Hayes Weinman – Video