Anthony Stravato, 25 (above, left), and his girlfriend, Alyssa LaMountain, 20 (above, right), of Rhode Island share an obsession with violence, death, the macabre, and torturing and mutilating pets.
Stravato, a convicted Level 3 sex offender and animal torturer/killer, was just released on Friday after serving eight months in a correctional institution. He was doing time for offing his mother’s cat, “Cuddles,” and a rat, and for sending obscene photos and “disturbing messages about mutilating animals” to an underage girl. What he did to poor Cuddles is horrifying — he kicked the cat to death, cut out its eye, beat it with a log, and set it on fire, according to Patch.com. According to a report on MassLive.com, Stravato allegedly committed those cruel acts to impress a girl.
Now that he’s back out on the streets, officials have put out a warning to all local animal shelters — he’s likely to go after pets again, and his devoted girlfriend may assist him by attempting to buy or adopt animals, according to the Providence Journal.
While Stravato is forbidden by court order from having anything to do with animals, his girlfriend is not, which is why the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in Rhode Island is cautioning that she may try to get animals for him.
In the letter that was sent by the DEM, it says, “Authorities are concerned that Stravato will continue this behavior, possibly seeking to harm larger animals.”
You can read the whole letter from the Department of Environmental Management here.
LaMountain herself was just arraigned Tuesday on charges of stealing tombstones from a graveyard. She is also being investigated further after cops discovered containers holding animal bones at her home during a search. A report from a witness also states that he found cat paws in a plastic baggie in LaMountain’s fridge.
It’s well-known that torturing and killing animals often precedes the murder of humans in serial murderers and mass killers, and Stravato is aware of this, as well. According to the Providence Journal, in 2015 he wrote on his Facebook page:
“as n ill prob be tha next serial killer since i have a serial killer trait. im sure i knew it already. i used to watch my cats die all tha time when i was young so i began to be fasinated with death when i was 6.”
It seems that authorities have reason to be concerned that he’ll continue to pursue harming animals. In the report on Patch.com, it says that Stravato was asked on Facebook in 2015 about why he keeps killing animals, and he responded “yes i do like it i enjoyed it.” It also sounds possible that he has killed more animals than just doomed Cuddles and the rat, as in a July 22, 2015, Facebook post quoted by MassLive.com, he wrote: “9 animal souls possessed all together i will keep increasing n make art out of it all.”
If you witness either Stravato or LaMountain attemping to get their hands on any animals, you are encouraged to call the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s division of law enforcement at 401-222-3070.
Main photo: Anthony Stravato and Alyssa LaMountain. [Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management]