This is a case of how the law fails cats! Perhaps that is a slightly bizarre way to put it but Lucy the cat who he abused will probably not receive justice and neither will her owner.
I have written about Declan Garrity before. To cut a long story short, he is a Northern Irishman and a graduate who worked for Barclays Bank in the US on a US work visa. He brutalised his flatmate’s cat and was arrested, charged and placed on bail of $6k.
He lost his job and was in contempt of court by going back to the flat where the cat abuse took place. That too was a crime.
Unannounced, he left the US and returned to Northern Ireland. He was told that he should because having lost his job, his work visa had expired. He was told he had to apply for US citizenship or leave the US.
This was incorrect. Having being charged with two crimes he was the subject of criminal proceedings. This overrides the immigration rules under these circumstances. Garrity is therefore in breach of bail conditions. There is a warrant out for his arrest issued by the judge as I understand it.
There you go. We have an alleged, nasty cat abuser on the loose.
It would seem like common sense to me that having been charged with animal cruelty and going through criminal proceedings in a foreign country he had to remain to continue with those proceedings.
His absconding was really an attempt to escape the prosecuting authorities. I will predict that it will be successful because I cannot see the US applying for his extradition from N. Ireland to the US to be tried for animal cruelty and contempt of court. It might happen but it is highly unlikely because as I have said on countless other occasions, animal cruelty is not taken seriously enough by the justice system.