Clint L. Wilkes contacted his ex-girlfriend for assistance with an injured kitten he reportedly found. Then he contacted her again about another one.
Reportedly this happened several times. One kitten had a broken leg. Another had a broken tail, with possible burns on the tail and burned ears (the tail had to be amputated). The former girlfriend says there have been others- maybe 7 or 8 others who later disappeared.
Finally the ex-girlfriend went to investigators. Investigators believe he was finding ads for free kittens in the newspapers, getting the kittens and torturing and abusing them as an excuse to make contact with his ex-girlfriend. According to animal services spokeswoman “It seems that he was using the kittens to keep her around,” “She feels sorry for them and he uses that and it becomes part of the vicious cycle.”
And yes, according to reports filed at the sheriff’s department when the couple were together, there was a history of domestic violence between the couple.
Clint Wilkes has been charged with misdeamor counts of animal cruelty and abandonment.