A Staten Island man recorded himself torturing his neighbor’s cat until it nearly died — and posted the gruesome video on Facebook Live, cops said Thursday.

 

The sadistic video, posted June 29, shows 21-year-old Tyrike Richardson dropping a chair on the unsuspecting feline while another clip shows him waving a butcher’s knife in its face as the frightened cat tries to bat it away.

 

Richardson, of Arthur Avenue in South Beach, can also be seen jabbing a stick into the animal’s stomach and face while it lay motionless.

 

Richardson was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a felony, and misdemeanor charges, police said.

 

The NYPD’s gangs unit came across the video.

 

The cat, which suffered internal injuries, belongs to an 18-year-old woman whom cops said is a friend of Richardson’s.

 

Richardson has a lengthy history of arrests going back several years, cops said.

 

The cat, named Chester, is in the care of the ASPCA.

 

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