Police officers and the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (NJSPCA) arrived at the home of Ian Barlow in Upper Pittsgrove Township, N.J. to find a chilling scene: 15 to 20 dead cats "neatly wrapped" in bags in the freezer, CBS reported.
This came after authorities were tipped off by Barlow's Facebook rants, which mentioned the dying animals and requested funds for a PayPal account to support them.
A cache of dangerous weapons and an expired visa were also found in the home, NJ.com reported.
Five cats were rescued alive from the home and were hospitalized with serious medical issues, authorities told the publication. They are currently being monitored by a NJSPCA veterinarian.
Barlow was arrested and remains on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Rick Yocum, president of the NJSPCA told the news source that animal cruelty charges are in the works.
“In addition to the weapons and expired Visa charges against Mr. Barlow, animal cruelty charges will be filed shortly. Our main priority right now is the cats that are receiving the necessary veterinary care, as well as the remaining animals on the property — both inside the home and out. Our investigation in ongoing.”
In January, an animal cruelty investigation was launched after a dog was found frozen in a block of ice on a British Columbia man's front lawn.VIDEO: AP HEADLINES