More people contact WAVE 3 after man is charged with torturing and killing cats

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - WAVE 3 continues to receive emails and phone calls from people who are scared after, they say, they gave Alex Phelps their pets.

Police say 24-year-old Alex Phelps confessed to stabbing and killing animals using a sharp knife. Detectives found 3 cats tortured and killed in Louisville and another one in Bullitt County. As well as, two skeletal remains believed to be cats in the back of Phelps home.

Phelps has been arraigned on four counts of torturing a cat. Judge Donald Armstrong entered a plea of not guilty for Phelps and set his bond at $50,000.

Since the story aired, people have contacted WAVE 3, wondering what happened to their pets.  Jason Knopp said he gave his cats -Copper and Carrot -to Phelps.  Knopp said he needed to find his cats a home. He said one reason was because family members had allergies. Knopp had owned the cats for four years, after he rescued them from a shelter in Indiana. He said he met Phelps in November.

"He knew all the right things to say. He said he volunteered for the Humane Society, fostering cats half of the year," Knopp said.

Knopp's said when he handed over his cats to a soft-spoken Phelps, he considered him the best available option. "It's still going to be hard to deal with ...I still feel guilty myself," Knopp said.

Knopp's said he kept in contact with Phelps, asking about Copper and Carrot, hoping he'd get to see them again, but said Phelps wasn't open to that. Looking over their emails, Knopp's said nothing stood out.

"Even now just to look at these things, it just sounds like somebody whose really wanting to help somebody {give them homes}," Knopp's said.

Now Knopp's is left with pictures, wondering what became of their future.

WAVE 3 was also contacted by Samantha Caple. Caple said she has known Phelps since 2005.

"He made me feel comfortable enough to hand her over and I just ...he really was convincing. That's the scariest part about it," Caple said.

Caple said she gave Phelps 'Weezer' about 3 weeks ago. She had the cat for a few months. She said Weezer was a stray she helped bring back to health. After hearing Phelps had been arrested, it left her questioning everything.

"I just want to know what happened to her," Knopp said.

Both Knopp and Caple hope that by sharing their stories, more people will come forward.

If you have any information, contact your local police agency. The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office expects to file charges against Phelps -next week.

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