MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A south Miami-Dade man once charged with mutilating and killing nearly two dozen cats in Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay has filed a lawsuit against the county.

In addition to the county and former Animal Services Director Sara Pizano, Tyler Weinman has also named the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the University of Florida in his suit, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Weinman, 21, claims based on the opinions of the animal services department and forensic veterinarian Melinda Merck, who worked for the university, prosecutors were able to build a circumstantial case against him.

In June 2009, Weinman was charged with 21 counts of felony animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body as well as four counts of burglary.  His arrest made international headlines.

Prosecutors would later abandon their case against Weinman when it was scientifically determined at least eight of the cats were actually killed by dogs. The bodies of the other 11 were destroyed and couldn’t be properly tested.

In his suit, Weinman claims negligence on the part of the county and Merck for not detecting the dog bites which led to his false arrest. He’s asking for more than $15 thousand in damages.

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed to this report.

Comments (2)
  1. Shannon says:

    Many of us believe Weinman did kill the cats some of whom are Police Investigators working on the case.

    The real question is why did the State’s Attorney want this case dropped? Could it be that Florida was spending too much on the Casey Anthony trial.
    Never-the-less we WILL see Weinman in the future.

    Too bad it was more important for the parents to get him OFF in lieu of getting him help

  2. Nemo says:

    Thank god this kid retaliated against the harsh media and life treatment he received. It’s so awful that the media protrayed him as a ‘kitty serial killer’ when in fact, other suspects were questioned, there was no substantial evidence, and his name was released; ultimately limiting his life opportunities as a person who was never even committed for a crime as an adult. THis kid lived an average life, adn was targeted one morning on his way to school while passing a victimized household… Such a shame that Americans have no faith in the youth of the country because of the media’s greed for the violence-fiending public. How horrible.

    A true serial killer (to be) would never purposefully re-enter the media after such accustaions. THey would quietly return to murdering animals; perhaps people until they were caught, or they died. Killing is an impulse; unable to control, and for those that think he stopped because of his notoriety, you’re deathly mistaken.

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