Santa Fe Cat Killings: 20 Cats Found Dead, Tortured During Meth Bust

A Santa Fe couple is accused of torturing and killing more than 20 cats after police searching for drugs in their home stumbled upon the gruesome discovery.

Police in Santa Fe arrested 39-year-old Brian Anthony Creek and his wife, 38-year-old Veronica Lynn Springer, when they entered the couple’s house with a search warrant and found 9 grams of crystal methamphetamines. Police made other discoveries that indicated the house was a center for drug dealing, with a scale and packaging materials along with a stolen ATV valued at $14,000.

But that wasn’t the most shocking discovery. The Santa Fe police found 20 cats ranging in age from kittens to adults, all dead with indications of torture. Authorities said there was evidence that the cats were strangled and suffered blunt force trauma and disemboweling. Some also appeared to have been burned, police said.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty division picked up the remains of the 20 dead cats, which will be examined by necropsy.

This is not the first shocking cat killing to make national news. Earlier this year, 61-year-oldJean Roger Murat, and his son, 31-year-old Robenson, were sentenced to 30 days in jail for killing a stray cat that had been living near their home.

Robenson said the cat was not a pet, though his mother fed it frequently. One day a neighbor overheard strange noises in the Murats’ yard, and discovered the father and son taking turns beating the cat. Robenson used a pillowcase with a “heavy item” inside, while his father beat the cat with a broom.

After killing the cat, the father placed it on a street corner before retrieving it in the morning and putting it into a pillowcase. The cat’s body was eventually dumped into a garbage bin.

In the Santa Fe cat killings case, Creek has been charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, and is being held on $300,000 bond. The 20 dead cats discovered by the Santa Fe police will likely lead to animal cruelty charges once an investigation has been completed, investigators said.