UPPER PITTSGROVE Twp., N.J. (CBS) — It all started with bizarre rants on Facebook.
Authorities say Ian Barlow talked about animals dying, referred to maggots and that he needed money to help care for the animals. Then they say he posted pictures of dead cats.
Numerous cats could be seen on Thursday roaming around the house.
Someone tipped off police and they came to his Upper Pittsgrove Township home on Three Bridges Road to serve a search warrant, what police and the New Jersey SPCA say they discovered inside is disturbing.
“The NJSPCA team discovered 15 to 20 dead cats neatly wrapped in baggies in the freezer located in the home,” said Rick Yocum, NJSPCA President.
News of the dead animals caught people in the area off guard.
“It is very strange. Kind of bizarre,” said Ray Dawson of Franklinville.
But dead cats aren’t the only problem.
Once inside authorities found numerous weapons including an AR15 rifle and a tech 9. On top of that, Barlow’s visa had expired meaning the man from England is in a whole heap of trouble.
Barlow who is said to be in his mid 40’s was arrested Tuesday night.
He’s now in jail awaiting bail.
The SPCA contends through his Facebook page Barlow even set up a PayPal account which he used to solicit and receive money to help pay for the sick cats.
Exactly how much money he received isn’t clear.
“Something like that, the best thing to do is to take them to a shelter if you can’t afford it,” said Franklinville resident Catherine Weightman.
Animal control officers are caring for the remaining animals until a shelter can be found.
Reported by Todd Quinones, CBS 3