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Alleged Dale City cat murderer to enter plea

Robert M. McGuire. Accused cat murderer. (Prince William County Police Department)

On March 4, McGuire, 31, apparently was causing a ruckus at his mother’s house in the 4500 block of Dale Boulevard, according to, which broke this story. When police arrived, witnesses “accused Mr. McGuire of cutting the head off the family cat,” according to court documents reviewed by InsideNova.

Police allege in court documents that McGuire later admitted to killing the cat. The cut on his forehead was reportedly self-inflicted, and he also had scratches on his hands apparently inflicted by the victim, InsideNova reported. There was no indication of McGuire’s mental health history.

McGuire was taken to a hospital for his injuries, then booked on the class 6 felony of animal torture resulting in death, which has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He was released on his own recognizance, InsideNova reported. McGuire is also a registered sex offender for a 2002 conviction for abduction of a minor, state records show. His plea in the alleged cat murder is set for Aug. 25.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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