Man stabbed and strangled 14 cats and 2 dogs before setting house on fire

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In Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, a man has been charged with killing 14 of his cats and two dogs before setting his home on fire. Ronald T. Vancosky, 41, has been charged by the Carbonale Police with arson and animal cruelty.

According to the Times-Tribune, the suspect has a history of mental illness and suffers from schizophrenia. He allegedly strangled and stabbed the animals because he believed they had all been infested with mites and that was the only way to stop it. After he is  set the house on fire, neighbors spotted him walking down the street in a dazed condition.

A police report states the suspect had canceled having lunch with his wife and stayed in the house – stabbed the animals, poured gasoline on a pile of brush and branches he collected; including pouring gas on his wife’s bed and clothing. He then lit the fire and walked away.

When interviewed by police, Vancosky admitted what he had done and stated he killed the pets so they wouldn’t suffer. Vancosky has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, arson endangering persons, aggravated arson, and arson and related offenses.

(Photos of man accused of killing pets and setting house on fire screenshot via Times Tribune)

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11 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    People knew he has mental issues yet he was alone in this house to be able to commit this amount of murder. He was married. separated? Doesn’t state what their relationship was now but how can you have that many cats and even kill his two dogs? Why? Something is missing from this story but glad they arrested him and he admitted to everything. Cats had mites and that was a way to get rid of them? Should never have had that many animals or been around any in his mental state.

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    Says ONE Hell-of-a-lot about the “totally screwed up” health care for the mentally ill this Country is IN!!! such a shame the cats and dogs had to suffer as they did… good thing he didn’t think his wife had mites too!!! She needs to be long gone from this ” murderer”

  3. Nadya Rossi says:

    I know he didn’t ask to have schizophrenia, but I’d like to burn his worthless behind at the stake. And every member of his worthless family, who stood by and did nothing. And a system that routinely fails to intervene, to protect society from these people.

  4. Janie L. says:

    Lock him up and get him on meds! This person should never be allowed to be alone or have any animals. He needs a keeper or a room in a mental hospital. Oh wait— they closed them all.

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another case of supposed ‘mental illness’ used by some human maggot to get a lighter sentence for killing innocent animals. He may, or may not be working with a half deck, but exactly why was this mental case alone with these animals? I am a skeptic about these cries of ‘mental disease’ when caught – he knew enough to attempt to burn down the house to cover up his cruel actions. Put him in prison and forget about him.

  6. Theresa says:

    Fuck him in his worthless family they let him hurt innocent animals they all should be choked and set on fire

  7. Pamela. Bolton says:

    Oh, here we go again! Blame it on mental illness. Reinstate the firing squads. Sick of having to support such trash as this. He planned this. 14 cats and 2 dogs took planning. Tie him to a tree and shoot him. Do the earth a favor!!!

  8. Red says:

    What can be said? He is sick, deranged, and the animals paid for a human’s illness……..again.

  9. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    I hope he goes straight to Prison and don’t ever get to see the light of day. There is absolutely NO reason for this abuse.


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