Katzrin man accused of killing cats with ax, eating them
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Katzrin man accused of killing cats with ax, eating them

Bloody shoes and dismembered cat parts found in suspect's fridge; police say 45-year-old hacked animals to death for 'his own pleasure'

An illustrative photo of cats (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
An illustrative photo of cats (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A resident of the northern town of Katzrin was arrested Wednesday on suspicion that he killed and ate a number of cats, police said in a statement.

Other residents of city in the Golan Heights had called police earlier in the day to report a “strong odor of cats.”

When officers arrived in the area, they determined the smell was emanating from the home of the 45-year-old suspect.

A search of his house yielded an ax that police believe he used to hack the cats to death. Police also found bloody shoes, and cat parts — including skin and fur — inside his refrigerator.

The bloody shoes of a man suspected of killing and eating cats in the northern city of Katzrin on February 28, 2018. (Israel Police)

The suspect was arrested and was slated to be brought before the Kiryat Shmona Magistrate’s Court later in the day for a remand hearing.

Police did not indicate how many animals they believe the suspect killed and ate.

The penalty for certain animal cruelty-related offenses in Israel is up to a three-year jail term.

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