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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -
Many are still shocked after the arrest of 48-year-old Ronald Golden. He is accused of buying kittens off Craigslist, naming them and then killing them.
When investigators searched Golden's home late last month, they found five dead kittens on the property. During that search, they also found two kittens that were alive.
Now those kittens, a boy and a girl named Melvin and Mia, are in good hands after being inside that animal house of horrors.
"They were so lucky to be alive," said Priscilla Blenkinsopp, director of the Athens Limestone Animal Shelter. "The first thing we did was take them out of the cage and put them in separate cages to make sure they are healthy."
Blenkinsopp said animal control brought the pair in as an owner turn in.
"They are safe and will be safe," she said.
The same can't be said for other cats that were found on the property. Athens police said Golden confessed to buying kittens off Craigslist. He would take the kittens to his home to what he called a cat room. That's where he would kill them by throwing them against the floor, stomping on them or choking them. Blenkinsopp said buying animals off the internet is something she'd advise against.
"That is not a good idea," she said. "We try to keep people from putting them on Craigslist because we don't know where they are going to end up. A lot of people put them on there for free and they don't know who they are going to or what kind of life they will have. It's a terrible idea. People just don't recognize how bad it is, but now with this story, I think it will open a lot of eyes," she said.
Workers with Spay Neuter Action Project, also known as SNAP, picked up Melvin and Mia on Friday. They were taken to a local vet where they will be spayed and neutered. They should be ready for adoption in the next two weeks. Crews with SNAP can be reached at 256-539-8163.