Accused cat killer pleads not guilty

Courtesy Animal Care and ControlEric Leroy Patterson

The man accused of killing a homeless woman’s two cats by callously throwing them into San Francisco Bay has pleaded not guilty, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Eric Leroy Patterson, 33, faces two felony counts of animal cruelty, one felony count of vandalism and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Patterson was arrested Dec. 6 at the Embarcadero Four building in downtown San Francisco in connection with the Nov. 25 incident where Patterson allegedly grabbed the belongings of a homeless woman walking along Pier 25 and threw them into the Bay. Two cats were in a carrier that was among the woman’s belongings thrown into the frigid water. Both animals died as a result of the incident.

Surveillance cameras reportedly recorded Patterson in the area of Embarcadero Four and he reportedly resisted arrest when police and Animal Care and Control officers found him, prosecutors said.

Patterson is scheduled to return to court Jan. 13 for a preliminary hearing and is being held on $130,000 bail, Bastian said.

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