Barclays analyst out on heels of cat torture arrest

Barclays analyst could face some serious new criminal charges
Barclays analyst could face some serious new criminal charges   

A Barclays analyst who was arrested for allegedly torturing his New York roommate's cat is no longer employed by the bank — and also may face serious new criminal charges, CNBC has learned.

And the cat that Declan Garrity is accused of brutally abusing was set to undergo yet another surgery for her injuries on Thursday.

Garrity, a 24-year-old analyst, was placed on leave by Barclays in late February after his bust on animal torture and cruelty charges related to his alleged tormenting of a cat named Lucy.

At the time of his arrest in Manhattan, the bank said it would conduct "a thorough investigation" of the native of Northern Ireland.

Lucy The Cat
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Lucy The Cat

Less than a week later Garrity was arrested again. This time for a criminal contempt charge after he allegedly returned to the apartment he had shared with Lucy's owner to retrieve his belongings, but without a police escort, as had been required under an order of protection and by a judge's order.

On Wednesday evening, a Barclays spokesman, after being asked about Garrity's status at the bank, said, "Mr.Garrity is no longer with Barclays."

"I can't comment on the reason for his departure," said the spokesman, who also declined to say when Garrity left the bank's employ.

The father of Lucy's owner — who had been informed of Garrity's departure from Barclays — told CNBC that prosecutors told his family earlier this week that a grand jury had returned an indictment lodging eight felony charges against Garrity in conjunction with the cat case, as well as other charges related to his alleged violation of the protective order.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney's office declined to comment when asked whether new charges were being filed in the case, noting that "the case is open and pending." Garrity's lawyer did not immediately return requests seeking comment.

Garrity, who is in United States on a work visa, had worked at Barclays' offices in New York City since October 2014. According to his LinkedIn page, his responsibilities included "know-your-client screening," which includes verifying client identities at the bank.

The honors graduate of Queens University in Belfast has written on social media accounts about being a vegan, and posted links that expressed concern about the treatment of animals used to produce food. His Facebook page features a photo of a small dog lying under a blanket.

Lucy The Cat
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Lucy The Cat

A criminal complaint against the 180-pound Garrity says that shortly after he moved into an Upper East Side apartment already occupied by the cat's owner, the woman noticed "Lucy's behavior change." That 8-pound pet began hiding in her bedroom, not eating and constantly licked her paws, the complaint said.

On Jan. 25, the complaint said, Garrity told the cat's owner "an iron had fell on the cat," which suffered a broken pelvis.

Then, on the morning of Feb. 20, the owner came home from work to find Lucy hiding in her carrier with "her rear foot facing the wrong direction," along with cat hair and blood on towels in the bathroom, according to the complaint. The cat was later found to have suffered a broken bone in her leg, broken ribs, teeth and claws, and burns across her body, authorities said.

Garrity told cops he was "alone with Lucy" in the apartment during the previous night into the next morning, the complaint said.

After being released on $5,000 bail, Garrity was ordered to stay away from the apartment, except for a two-hour window on Feb. 29 to have his belongings moved out. He was told by a judge to go there only with a police escort.

Authorities said Garrity went to the apartment without such a police escort on Feb. 29, and tried to get into the apartment, in violation of the protective order and the judge's command, according to another criminal complaint. He was later released on $1,000 bail after that second arrest.

The father of Lucy's owner told CNBC that the cat is scheduled to have surgery on its broken leg Thursday. The procedure will include "a blood transfusion" from a brother of the cat, which had to be tracked down in New Jersey, according to the dad.

The owner "got to take [Lucy] home for a couple of days" recently, her father said, but otherwise has been in the care of an animal treatment center since suffering her injuries in late February.

Lucy's owner is "hanging in there," her dad said. "She's hoping that everything goes well."

A GoFundMe campaign set up to pay for Lucy's treatment has raised more than $11,700 from 425 people in the past three weeks.