20-Year-Old Man Accused of Torturing, Killing Cats He Bought on Craigslist: Reports

May 11, 2019 Updated: May 11, 2019

A 20-year-old man from Missouri was charged with animal abuse for buying cats on a popular listing site before torturing and eventually killing them, according to reports.

Kaine Louzader has been charged with two counts of animal abuse after he admitted to police that he was abusing the animals, according to Fox 2 Now.

Between January and May this year, dozens of cats and kittens were found dead in the area of Wild Deer Lane, according to a probable cause statement obtained by the news website.

The prosecutor’s office said many of these cats appeared to be killed, while some kittens were found mutilated.

Court documents revealed graphic details of the type of torture Louzader allegedly inflicted on the animals including strangulation and dismemberment.

Moreover, police said Louzader had cuts and scratches on him, which he initially said was caused by an elderly patient at the hospital he was working at. But after further questions, he told police the injuries were caused by cats that tried to escape him.

In a similar case, a Minnesota woman pleaded guilty to 13 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals, including 64 dead cats, were discovered in her home.

Caycee Bregel, 25, pleaded guilty to one felony count of Mistreatment of Animals and twelve misdemeanor counts of Mistreatment of Animals relating to the death and care of a number of cats.

Bregel drew attention last year after authorities responded to reports that a pig was running loose in the area. When officers arrived they found the animals in her home in Farmington, Minnesota. She also ran the nonprofit “Minnesota Animal Rescue.”

Bregel was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, two years of probation, and 90 days of electronic home monitoring, according to Pioneer Press, and she was also ordered to undergo a psychological examination. In addition, Bregel cannot own, possess, or care for any animals.

In January this year, two Florida congressmen Democrat Ted Deutch and Republican Vern Buchanan introduced a bipartisan bill that would make animal cruelty a felony across the United States.

The bill named the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act will address “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise subjecting animals to serious bodily harm” according to a press release by the two Congressmen.

“For many Americans, animal welfare is an important policy issue, and the idea of animal abuse is abhorrent. By building on state and local laws, Congress should act to guarantee a level of protection for animals across the country by criminalizing these inhumane acts,” Congressman Deutch said in the release.

Currently, 50 states have laws that prevent cruelty against animals, however, if animals get tortured across state lines, there is little to protect them.

The Epoch Times reporter Magaret Wollensak contributed to this report.

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