The married father-of-two posed as an animal lover to adopt at least 15 cats from pet refuges over several months before killing them in the company of friends and cooking them for dinner.
The man, from Brianza in North Italy, requested ‘meaty’ black cats of around three years old from the rescue centres.
Staff only became suspicious of his actions when he attempted to avoid routine check-ins on his pets several months later.
Concerned the man may be part of a sect known for sacrificing animals, AIDAA, Italy’s equivalent of the RSPCA, visited his home unannounced where they are reported to have found the 50-year-old preparing to kill and eat of one of his furry victims.
The man has since admitted eating the adopted cats and was arrested for the maltreatment of animals.