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Landlord finds 20 dead black cats in freezer

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Landlord finds 20 dead black cats in freezer
Twenty black cats were found in a freezer in Viterbo, Lazio. Photo: Joergbieszczak/Wikicommons
11:17 CET+01:00
The owner of an apartment in Viterbo, Lazio, had a nasty surprise when he called in on his flat and found 20 dead black cats crammed into a freezer. He made the grim discovery just days before Halloween, so police are not ruling out the theory that the animals might have been part of a ritual to honour the dead.

The landlord returned to the apartment in the Santa Barbara district to check everything was in order for his next tenant after the former one, an elderly lady, had left, Il Messaggero reported.

He might not have expected a pristinely clean flat but he got a shock when he opened the freezer and saw the cats, some of which were kittens, crammed together inside.

Police are now on the hunt for the woman, who could potentially be charged for mistreating animals if she’s unable to explain how the cats ended up in the freezer.

Il Messaggero reported that police are not ruling out the theory that the cats could have been frozen as part of a spooky Halloween event or that the plan was to use them to feed exotic animals, such as pythons. 

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