Real Animal Cruelty – Cat Killer Out On Parole

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Inland Empire pet owners have reason to be on heightened alert. Timothy Arie Kooyman, a convicted felon whose crimes include charges of animal cruelty, was recently released on parole from Avenal State Prison in Central California.
“Parolee Timothy Kooyman was released to state parole on May 19, after serving his full sentence for animal cruelty as defined by law,” Luis Patino, a spokesman from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told the Weekly. The 28-year old Kooyman was released in San Bernardino County on parole under the conditions of good behavior, and is currently under the “highest level of supervision.”

Timothy Arie Kooyman

In May 2008, Kooyman was arrested by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies in a Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood. A deputy reportedly found two mutilated cats—barely alive—sealed plastic container inside Kooyman’s truck.

He was also charged with one felony count of recklessly causing a fire to a structure or forest, which occurred after Kooyman poured gasoline on a female cat and lit her on fire.

In December 2008, Kooyman changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Then things took a twist when San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Debbie Ploghaus added new allegations against him; the use a dangerous or deadly weapon in committing a felony. Kooyman switched his plea (again) to no contest in April 2009. He was sentenced to Avenal the following July for a two-year sentence, for which he was given credit for time served and good behavior.
But this story does not end here.

 Moyer is angry and concerned that Kooyman will strike again based on his past crimes.

“This is one of the most disgusting, brutal cases I have ever seen,” Moyer tells the Weekly. “This guy is a monster for what he did to those cats. We lobbied at the Riverside DA’s office for over two years, asking [then-DA] Rod Pacheco to conduct his own investigation and consider pressing charges for the three cats in Corona who were tortured [by Kooyman].”
Voices for Pets’ efforts paid off. In 2010 Kooyman was charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor for allegedly torturing and killing cats in April and May 2008 at two Corona motels.

“It’s a shame there is not a law similar to Megan’s Law when it comes to animal cruelty,” he says. “Also, it has been documented that FBI researches into serial killers document [that] the majority of them have a background of cruelty to animals.”

Voices for Pets has been distributing flyers alerting residents and animal rescue organizations about Kooyman’s release. Robyn Hunt, a Southern California representative for the group, forwarded a Corona-specific flyer to the Weekly.

“This guy will not stop killing cats,” Moyer says.

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Canyon Lake Residents Warned About Impending Release Of Convicted Cat Killer

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RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Members of an animal rights group are alerting Canyon Lake residents about the imminent release from prison of a man twice-convicted of mutilating and killing cats.

Timothy Arie Kooyman will be paroled next month from Avenal State Prison, apparently returning to Canyon Lake to live with his parents.

In January 2011, Kooyman was sentenced to two years, eight months for torturing and killing three cats in a Corona motel room. After serving just more than half of his sentence, the 28-year-old convicted felon is being released based on good behavior.

“Many, many house pets and young children live in Canyon Lake. We’re not advocating vigilantism, but people need to be aware that he will be among them,” Contra Costa County-based Voices for Pets founder Leroy Moyer told City News Service.

This week, Moyer and other members of the group began emailing, snail-mailing and hand-distributing more than 500 fliers about the Kooyman case and advising residents to keep their animals safe and secure. Canyon Lake is a gated community with a population of 11,000.

The flier notes that the majority of serial killers “have a background of cruelty to animals.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would not disclose what date Kooyman will be released from prison, saying only it would be sometime in the latter part of June.

Kooyman was already serving the last few months of a five-year prison term in 2010 for animal cruelty and arson in Rancho Cucamonga when Riverside County prosecutors — after repeated requests from Voices for Pets and other animal rights advocates — filed charges against him in connection with the Corona case.

According to trial testimony, while staying at the National Inn just off the Riverside (91) Freeway, Kooyman took possession of three cats — a calico, a black-and-white tabby and a Siamese — he lured to his motel room with food.

Kooyman bragged about snapping the calico’s legs and running over it with his truck, a detective testified. He said Kooyman became mad when the black-and-white cat “wouldn’t love him” and reportedly sliced hit the cat’s stomach and torso with two hacks from an axe, then decapitated the dying animal.

Kooyman killed the Siamese last, first attempting to drown it and later cutting her open with a scalpel.

“He’s a sociopath. He cannot stop,” Moyer says. “He is addicted to the power of inflicting suffering. He actually gets off on it. What he did — it’s the worst of the worst.

In the San Bernardino County case, Kooyman cut off several cats’ tails with scissors and set one ablaze while it was still alive, tossing the animal into a bush, igniting a small brush fire, according to investigators.

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