ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT)– Police say they arrested a man Wednesday evening after they found evidence of mass cat torture and killing going on inside his home.
Ronald Fraser Golden, 48, of 106 Bullington Road, Athens, is charged with 22 counts of cruelty to a cat in the first degree.
The man’s home is directly across the road from James Cowart Elementary.
WARNING: The details below, of the animal abuse, are graphic.
The investigation into the animal torture has been underway since September 24. Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said his department received a report about dead kittens found in the area of Bullington Road. Police received an anonymous tip that Golden was killing the kittens.
Police interviewed Golden on September 30 and say he admitted to buying kittens off Craigslist, naming them and killing them.
He told investigators he had a “cat room” where he would torture them and discard the carcasses.
Golden gave police consent to search his property. They found five dead kittens in a brushy area at the back of the property. There were also two kittens and two dogs found alive. Police said Golden took care of the dogs.
“Investigators searched the inside of the home and found blood spatter on the walls and floor,” Chief Johnson said.
Lt. Chris Slaton, who interviewed Golden, said Golden told investigators he was “angry at the world.” Golden said he had been killing the kittens since July.
Golden was held for evaluation by a state mental health officer and Probate Court. He was released Thursday, October 10 and immediately arrested by Athens Police.
Golden’s charge, which is a Class C felony, is punishable of a year and a day to 10 years in prison for each of the 22 counts.
Golden is being held in the Limestone County Jail on $22,000 bond.
PEOPLE WHO SOLD GOLDEN KITTENS REACT
WHNT News 19 was contacted by a local family who says they sold Golden two kittens a few weeks ago.
They shared text messages and emails with Golden who they describe as a quite and “nice” man. They found out about his arrest today and the allegations Thursday. They say the news was shocking because Golden was planning on picking up another kitten from them in the next few weeks.