Buffalo, NY -The Cheektowaga man accused of marinating his cat failed to show up for a scheduled appearance Tuesday morning in Buffalo City Court.
A non-appearance bench warrant has now been issued for 51-year-old Gary Korkuc.
Buffalo police believe the cat could have become a meal, however, had they not pulled over a Cheektowaga man for failing to stop at a stop sign on the 1100 block of Broadway earlier this month.
According to a police report officers in the process of ticketing Gary Korkuc, 51, discovered the cat which "...appeared to be marinating in crushed red pepper, chili powder, salt and oil" inside his car.
"From what we understand from Buffalo Police the person who owned this kitty was marinating him in order to cook him," said Gina Browning, Spokesperson for the SPCA of Erie County.
Korkuc denies he was planning to eat the cat.
"No, no that's conjecture and that's an assumption," Korkuc told WGRZ-TV.
Korkuc, who is charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty, claims the cat was pregnant and miscarried and was not sitting in marinade.
SPCA officials counter that the cat was in fact a male which had been neutered.
"No, it was a female," insisted Kortuc, who went on to further claim the 4-year old cat had been previously poisoned with DDT (a pesticide banned for use in the early 1970's).
Kortuc also made bizarre claims that police were in the process of fire bombing a building when they stopped him.
The cat formerly known as Navarro went home from the Erie County SPCA with a new name - "Oliver" - and a new owner, Vicki Dankowski.
"He is gentle, he is passive, he is beautiful," said Dankowski, shortly after adopting her new feline friend.
"I'm sad that someone has that kind of problem in their life and which seems to be kind of a recurring situation," said Erie County SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr.
While confirming her agency was the one which adopted the cat out to Korkuc in the first place, Carr insisted, "that has nothing to do with our screening process. During our screening process this person presented themselves as a normal human being."
"They can make it out to any way they want to , but I'm not crazy," said Kurkuc.
One thing is certain.
He'll never be allowed to adopt an animal from the Erie County SPCA again .
"Even though we're great believers in redemption, this is somebody we've put on our list that we will not adopt to," Carr said.
Click on the video icon to watch the story with Gary Korkuc from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist John Guinane.