Weeping on the witness stand, she recounted finding her beloved pet's battered body under a bedside table after a quarrel with Petcka on the night of March 27, 2007. "He was dead," Altobelli said. "I put my hand there. He was cold and stiff."
She picked up the phone and called Petcka, 37, a handsome bit-part actor with a short fuse who once played minor league baseball for the Mets.
"What kind of monster could kill an innocent cat?" she remembered asking him. He just hung up, she said.
Altobelli said she previously had sensed something was amiss between her boyfriend and cat, which she testified had been declawed.
She described an earlier incident that happened after she had been dating Petcka - who once appeared on "Sex and the City" and in Brawny paper towel ads - for several weeks.
She returned to her Tribeca apartment to find the gentle, orange-and-white cat terrified and soaking wet.
"He was hissing [at Petcka]," Altobelli, a Sports Illustrated writer testified. "Obviously, that was a huge red flag."
On the night Norman was killed, Petcka had been drinking heavily and the couple began quarreling, she said. "You love Norman more than me!" Petcka exclaimed, Altobelli testified.
She went to sleep and recalled hearing Petcka talking to the cat in a singsong voice, "Norman, Norman, Norman."
Altobelli said she abruptly woke up after Petcka kneed her in the side and grabbed her neck. He claimed the cat had bitten him.
She took her purse and ran out of the apartment after warning Petcka to leave or she would call the police, Altobelli said.
The last thing she saw, she said, was Norman looking plaintively at her. "I honestly thought he [the cat] would be right behind me," she said. "I thought he would flee."
An ASPCA official is expected to testify Thursday that the cat died from an extensive beating that caused broken ribs and massive internal injuries.
Petcka, who faces two years in prison if convicted, also is expected to take the stand.
Please call Leila Kermani, the Assistant District Attorney in charge of prosecuting this case, and ask for full prosection;
(212) 335 - 9000
See also our petition for Andrea Peyser, a New York Post columnist who wrote an article about this case entitled, "Felonious Ball of Fur Deserved Every Blow," ....and calls the prosecution of the catkiller a "waste of time and tax- payers money."
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