LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Bullitt County man charged with torturing and mutilating cats went before a judge Monday afternoon. Alex Phelps was indicted last week on four counts of torture.
On Monday, Phelps plead not guilty and was appointed a public defender.
WAVE 3 was the first to tell you Phelps reportedly got the cats from Craigslist. Police say Phelps told them, he was doing some type of medical research on the animals.
Chuck Aquadro says he rescued a cat he called "Fleas" back in October. Aquadro says Alex Phelps responded to a Craigslist ad, after Aquadro wanted to find Fleas a good home.
"We have re-homed upwards of 20 animals and he fit the profile someone we would want to re home to," said Aquadro.
Now, Aquadro along with many others who say they gave their cats to Phelps fear the worst.
Police arrested Phelps two weeks ago and charged him with torturing and killing cats. Investigators say the 24-year-old confessed to stabbing and killing four animals with a sharp knife.
"Based upon the fact there are four counts which is for each individual cat he does have the potential to get a 20 year sentence out of this," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Josh Schneider.
Police say some of the cats were found mutilated and tortured to death in the area of Preston Highway and Mudd Lane. Others were found in Bullitt County.
Aquadro fears that there may be more cats that were killed.
"This is just cruelty pure and simple," said Aquadro. "And my own concern is, what is he going to do next? We worry about our animals now, will we have to worry about our kids? Our elderly parents, neighbors? What's next??? This man is scary."
Police say Phelps lived at home with his parents. WAVE 3 did try to speak with Alex Phelp's family but, they had no comment.
A Facebook page has been created in response to the cat killings. It already has 115 people, including alleged victims following Alex Phelps' case.
Phelps will be back in court February 10th.