Calif. Cat-Eater Busted Man arrested after neighbors report screeching, smelling 'awful meat' By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 16, 2012 12:34 AM CST 26 comments Comments It's probably safe to come out now ... (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Disgusted cops in Bakersfield say they've arrested a man on suspicion of cooking and eating cats. Jason Louis Wilmer was charged with animal cruelty and using a pet or domesticated animal for food after neighbors heard cats screeching at his house and called police, AP reports. "I heard a cat cry. It was a weird cry, real loud," a neighbor told KBAK-TV. He said he went outside to peer into Wilmert's backyard, where he saw "a little burner going" and smelled "awful meat." A search of the home turned up evidence that indicated Wilmert "had the intent to use a cat for food," investigators say. "I've never seen anything like this," said a sheriff's spokesman.