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Cats allegedly dismembered, hung in UM animal cruelty case

Published 11:50am Thursday, November 8, 2012

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – A University of Montevallo student arrested in a cat deaths case allegedly dismembered and hung cats on campus, according to court documents.

Christian Todd Slaton, 19, of Montevallo, was arrested by UM Police Nov. 6.

Christian Todd Slaton

According to court documents, Slaton allegedly tortured and skinned a cat, which was found in a wooded area near Falcon Manor Apartments. The documents also stated Slaton allegedly “hung up for display” a skinned animal near a flagpole in the middle of Main Quad. Another cat was “dismembered and found on the lawn of Flowerhill,” according to court documents.

Slaton was charged with four counts of animal cruelty first degree, and posted bond from the Shelby County Jail the same day in the amount of $20,000.

Slaton will appear before Shelby County Circuit Judge Dan Reeves at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 12.

  • SKB0653

    This is a very sick individual and most likely, these animals are not the first to have suffered at the hands of this person. The court must punish with a swift and firm hand. This type of behavior is not a prank by a college student, it is sick behavior and only the beginning!

  • BC

    I do not believe in college “pranks” (if this is the drivin force of the person) when it comes to taking a life… I am an animal person and consider them wonderful beings who love humans unconditional (when treated with respect and caring)… this person’s actions are so sickening to me and as I believe profiles prove out, people who do more significant acts of violence against humans (for those folks who think it was just cats), have history of animal cruelty… this person has deeper more serious issues. Punishment to the fullest extent and get him psycological help, this is a very sick person!!

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