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Banker wanted for torturing cat is found in Ireland — with pet dog

Banker wanted for torturing cat is found in Ireland — with pet dog

A former Barclays banker wanted for torturing his Upper East Side roommate’s cat was discovered living with his parents — and a pet dog — in Northern Ireland.

Declan Garrity, 24, has been holed up in the town of Omagh since he took off from New York before his scheduled court appearance in April, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The report said Garrity answered the door holding a white and beige lapdog and refused to make any comment.

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge issued a bench warrant for Garrity when he didn’t show on felony charges that he had abused his roommate’s cat — but the District Attorney’s office wouldn’t comment Thursday if it planned to extradite the Queen’s University Belfast economics graduate.

But his lawyer told The Post the banking analyst should never have been arrested in the first place.

“He’s always insisted that he’s innocent of those charges,” said attorney Ted Del Valle.

“He’s a big animal lover. There were many pictures posted of him on Facebook with many animals before these charges.”

Garrity, transferred to New York by Barclays in October 2014, moved into a Second Avenue apartment with a roommate and her pet cat, Lucy.

Before long, the roommate — a nurse — told cops Lucy was acting strange and had suffered broken bones, muscle injuries and burns after being left alone with Garrity.

The roommate said Garrity told her an iron had fallen on the cat, who was treated by a vet and had to be fed through a tube. The feline survived.

Garrity was charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal and on Feb. 29 was arrested again for violating a restraining order by returning to the apartment without a police escort to get his personal property.

On March 4, Barclays fired Garrity, who now maintains he left the country — and missed his court date — ¬because he didn’t want to be living in New York without a work permit.

“He was on an H-2 work visa and when he was terminated by Barclays, that put his status in the US as illegal, so he had to return to Ireland,” said Del Valle.


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