Husband arrested for setting fire to wife's cats - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Husband arrested for setting fire to wife's cats

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Mercer County Schools hold a meeting regarding this coming years levy rate

    Mercer County Schools hold a meeting regarding this coming years levy rate

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:41:37 GMT
    The Mercer County Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday regarding the 2014 and 15 school year levy rate. The levy is the funding system for all schools in West Virginia. The rates proposed are
     
    The Mercer County Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday regarding the 2014 and 15 school year levy rate.



     
  • Would stiffer penalties for DUI's save more lives?

    Would stiffer penalties for DUI's save more lives?

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:04:54 GMT
    Driving under the influence in Mercer County. Authorities told us they're seeing it far too often lately. People we've been talking to say they believe stiffer penalties for DUI's could save lives. On
    Driving under the influence in Mercer County. Authorities told us they're seeing it far too often lately.
  • Skeletal remains found Wyoming County

    Skeletal remains found Wyoming County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:04:35 GMT
    On April 10th a search warrant was executed on the property of Oscar Combs Senior on the Bud Mountain area of Wyoming County. State police found skeletal remains of an unidentified human on the backside
    State Police found skeletal remains on a man's property in Wyoming County.
VICTOR -

A Fayette County man is behind bars for setting a crate full of cats on fire and killing them.

Michael Wayne Ford, 56, was arrested Monday by West Virginia State Police and charged with seven counts of animal cruelty.

Ford's wife, Robin says there were 12 cats in the wooden crate, one mother and 11 other cats she gave birth to over the past 2 years.

Police said they were able to recover the remains of seven of them.

"He would always say, one day I'm going to kill these cats... and I just brushed it off," said Robin.  She said, now, she has to look at the grave site and murder site of her 12 cats every time she walks outside her home.

"He's a baby killer. He killed the mommy of the babies and to me that is not only cat murder, it's baby murder,"

Her husband, 56-year-old Michael Wayne Ford was arrested Monday and charged with seven counts of felony animal cruelty after he set fire to a crate carrying a mother cat and two of her litters.

Robin said the past few days she's been haunted with the sight, smell, and sounds of that traumatic night.

"Flashbacks of the fire and hearing their little meowing and crying in my head that's all I've been hearing for the past three days is their cries," she added.

Robin's 14-year-old son and her nephew built a cross as a grave for the cats. She plans on writing on it, "In memory of Snowbell and her babies."

"He took the soul of those cats and that's like taking the soul of a human being, they were family," she said. Robin explained how it terrifies her to find out her husband was capable of something like this.

"I don't want to find out... I don't want to be married to someone who is burning up animals and maybe turn around and burn me and my son up," she said.

Ford is being held in Southern Regional Jail on $35,000 bond.

Tune into 59 News at 5 and 6 to see Robin Ford's reaction to her husband's doing.