CATSKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Catskill man was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty, according to State Police. Paul Saxe, 49, is facing multiple charges.

At 11:10 a.m. on May 17, State Troopers responded to a report of a person on Jefferson Heights Road using a car to drag a bird coop around a yard. An investigation revealed that Saxe went to a nearby residence, attached a coop to his vehicle with a tow strap, and dragged it across the yard and driveway, killing over a dozen quails that were inside the coop.

State Police say Saxe then left the bird coop in front of a dumpster and fled the area. Witnesses were able to note the license plate and the vehicle’s description.

Troopers were able to locate the vehicle at 4:30 p.m. on Central Avenue in Catskill. Upon initiating a traffic stop, Saxe was identified as the driver.

After interviewing him, State Police arrested Saxe. He faces the following charges:


  • Aggravated cruelty to animals
  • Fourth-degree criminal mischief
  • Reckless endangerment

Saxe was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Catskill Court at 1 p.m. on June 15.