A man from East Boston man was charged with malicious killing of a domestic animal and arson after he was accused of setting a cat on fire and throwing it against a building window earlier this month.
Boston police arrested Luigi Epifania, 23, Friday night on an outstanding warrant alleging unlawful possession of a firearm and other charges.
Police said he later confessed to killing the cat, which had been wrapped in a rag and set on fire, then thrown against a window, shattering the glass.
“Whether it’s an attack on an animal or an attack on a person, the Boston police take these situations very seriously,” said Boston police spokesman James Kenneally.
The man who threw the flaming bundle ran away and the witness went to the sidewalk, opened the bundle, and found a dead cat, police said.
Animal rights advocates joined police and fire investigators in the search for a motive.
Fire officials said at the time that the cat belonged to the sister of the home’s owner, Lawrence Sullivan.
The sister had recently moved and left the cat with her brother, they said.
Under state law, killing a domestic animal is punishable by up to five years in prison, and arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.