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After brutal attack, Fulton the cat is ready for adoption, Salah Zaid charged with animal cruelty

A cat that was brutally beaten and slammed against a wall in a Brooklyn Chinese restaurant has recovered from his extensive injuries and is ready for a new home starting Monday.

The 1-year-and-7-month-old cat, now named Fulton, is a playful and affectionate kitty. But he was initially wary after he was viciously choked, slammed against a wall and then thrown through a window in a March 25 attack that was captured on surveillance video.

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"He was in bad shape when he arrived," said Kris Lindsey, the ASPCA's Animal Recovery Center operations manager. "These animals are innocent and he was a victim of a very brutal attack that, certainly, he didn't do anything to deserve."

Salah Zaid is expected to be indicted on May 11, charged with choking and then chasing Fulton into the Bedford Stuyvesant restaurant on Fulton Street.

Zaid was charged with several offenses, including felony animal cruelty. He was held without bail last month. Attorney information for him was not immediately available.

After Fulton was rescued by police, he was
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After Fulton was rescued by police, he was brought to the ASPCA. Noises easily startled him and he would fearfully crouch down, Lindsey said. But within about a week he regained his confidence and now will do just about anything for a Temptations treat.

"He is an extremely easygoing cat," she said. "He's a really engaging cat. He's super friendly and he accepts affection from anyone who will give it to him."

On Sunday, Fulton happily slinked around a room at the ASPCA's Upper East Side adoption center, chasing down treats and swatting at a toy, showing no signs of trauma fro the savage attack that brought him there.

If you are interested in adopting Fulton, you can call 646-291-4500, or go to the ASPCA's Adoption Center at 424 E. 92nd St.

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