A Buffalo man is facing animal cruelty and child endangerment charges for hanging his family's cat and sending photos of the deceased animal to two juveniles via text. 

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced on Tuesday that 40-year-old Antonio Martin of Buffalo was arraigned on Sunday before Buffalo City Court Judge Andrew C. LoTempio on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a class E felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. 

Prosecutors say Martin is accused of killing a cat by hanging the family pet inside an apartment on Carolina Street in the City of Buffalo. Prosecutors allege that Martin later sent photos of the dead animal to his three children. 

Martin was released on his own recognizance after his court appearance and is scheduled to return to court on Thursday for a felony hearing.  

If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Erin E. Hart of the DA’s Animal Cruelty Unit.

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