Batavia man found with dead cat cooking in oven sentenced to probation

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Batavia man found with a dead cat cooking in his oven was sentenced to five years of probation.

Before he was arrested in July, Darren Annovi, 42, had no criminal record.

Firefighters say they saw light smoke everywhere when they entered his E. Main St. home. The cause of the smoke was determined to be the cat.

According to Wendy Castleman, who works with Volunteers for Animals, Annovi “willfully put his pet cat into a hot oven and killed it.”

Annovi was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. He pleaded guilty to the charge in September and was sentenced on Tuesday.

In addition to his probation sentence, Annovi is no longer allowed to own pets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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