Man jailed for cooking and eating pet cats
A CALIFORNIA man has been jailed for allegedly killing, cooking and then eating pet cats.
Jason Louis Wilmert is being held in the Kern County Jail on charges alleging animal cruelty and using a pet or domesticated animal for food. Both charges are misdemeanours.
Neighbours called sheriff deputies when they heard cats wailing and screeching at the 36 year-old's house.
When the deputies arrived at the house to investigate the strange sounds, they were alarmed by what they found.
Ray Pruitt, a spokesman for the Sheriff, said he had "never seen anything like this."
Reports in the US suggested a number of stray cats had been skinned and then grilled, with one neighbour reported as saying: "The lady right here saw him holding a tail, skinning it. It is still alive ... I heard a cat cry really, really loud. And I came outside, because I'm an animal lover."
Investigators found evidence that led them to believe "he had the intent to use a cat for food," but the spokesman couldn't comment directly on the evidence.
It is unclear how many cats were involved in the alleged incident and whether any were saved.
The case has been sent to the district attorney.
Wilmert is scheduled for arraignment on Friday.