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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.