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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (KDKA) — Police say they found a number of dead cats and kittens in an Ohio man’s freezer Thursday.

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Officers were sent to a home on Roosevelt Boulevard in Middletown, Ohio, for an animal abuse complaint made against Edmund Cunningham.

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An officer told Cunningham that they had received a complaint that he was harming cats and kittens, and Cunningham gave officers permission to search the residence.

During the search, officers found nine dead cats and kittens in Cunningham’s freezer.

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Cunningham admitted to killing eight of the cats and kittens, and he was subsequently charged with eight counts of cruelty to a companion animal.