A Long Island man has been arrested after several mutilated dead cats were discovered wrapped in duct tape in the trash chute of the building where he lives.
The animals did not belong to Visconti, according to authorities and investigators determined that all of the kittens and cats died by blunt force trauma. It is not known where Visconti got the cats from.
The cats were allegedly found by the building’s porter who made the gruesome discoveries over several weeks but didn’t tell anybody the first couple of times they saw the dead animals.
Visconti was already on probation for a number of prior arrests on charges of grand larceny, stalking and aggravated harassment.
The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) told people to remain vigilant in a post on Facebook.
“You can look at Jeffrey Dahmer, the Son of Sam, the Columbine shooters – they all started with small animals, moved up to larger animals and then to people,” Detective Gary Rogers of the Nassau County SPCA told KABC.
Visconti’s cash bail on these latest felonies was set at $20,000.
"This person needs help. That's terrible that something so innocent that doesn't understand what's happening to do that, that's the worst thing I can think of," neighbor and cat owner Alex Aronowicz said.