Hazmat called to accused cat killer's home

Athens police called a Hazmat crew to help investigate. (Source: WAFF)
Athens police called a Hazmat crew to help investigate. (Source: WAFF)

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Hazmat crews were called to the home of a man who is accused of buying cats off Craiglist in order to kill them.

Ronald Golden was indicted in May on 22 counts of animal cruelty, after investigators found several dead cats in his yard.

Golden called law enforcement Thursday just after 3:30 p.m., after discovering a suspicious package at his home. Athens police at the scene called the Huntsville Hazmat unit out of precaution to test the package.

Hazmat crews began examining the package shortly before 6 p.m. While there was no evacuation, neighbors who were out of their homes were advised they couldn't return until the all-clear, which was given about a half-hour later.

Authorities said the package, which originated from Nigeria, contained a sawdust-like material.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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