Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Man suspected of killing, eating cats, Kern County officials say

A man in Kern County has been arrested on suspicion of killing and eating cats, according to media reports.

Jason Louis Wilmert, 35, was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals and using animals commonly kept as pets as food, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Department's inmate search directory. He also was booked on suspicion of unauthorized burning and resisting a peace officer.

Wilmert, who lives in Oildale north of Bakersfield in the Central Valley, was "being prosecuted for using cats as a food source," the Bakersfield Californian quoted Supervising Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Yraceburn as saying.

A neighbor told KBAK-TV that she heard the noise of a cat shrieking coming from Wilmert's home.

"I heard a cat cry really, really loud," Joe Nuno told the television station. He said he went outside to investigate and looked into Wilmert's backyard, where he saw "a little burner going" and smelled "awful meat."

Wilmert was arrested Feb. 3 and is scheduled for a court hearing Friday, according to the Sheriff's Department website.


Man held in death of L.A. firefighter

1-year-old girl dies after mother drowned her, police say

Whitney Houston death: Doctors told to provide drug records

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: