San Jose man accused of torturing, killing cats faces more charges

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A man accused of torturing and killing cats in San Jose faces 11 additional counts.

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The district attorney announced the new charges on Wednesday. Robert Farmer is now charged in the killings of 21 cats.

ABC7 News was in San Jose where a group called "Justice for our Catz" held a rally outside of Farmer's court hearing.

The group includes people who think their cat was killed.

"People are not going away," said Myriam Martinez with Justice for our Catz. "We're having more and more people show up because we want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate animal abuse."

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Police say a 24-year-old man who was arrested this morning in connection with serial catnappings in San Jose was found with a dead cat was found inside his car.

Pet owners have been attending every hearing for Farmer, who earlier pleaded not guilty.

He faces up to 16 years in prison.

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