A Murfreesboro man busted in 2003 for freezing the carcasses of more than 100 dead cats and one dog (a German Shepherd named Snowy) now is suing police for seizing the frozen pet remains. Citing "emotional distress," William Davis, 75, is suing the Murfreesboro Police Department and other defendants for a cool $1.5 million, according to an account of the lawsuit published today on The Smoking Gun
. In the lawsuit Davis claims one of the frozen cats was exceptionally large and that he was simply storing it on ice until he got around to submitting it to the Guinness Book of World Records. He apparently was holding onto the 114 other dead pets until he finished work on a pet cemetery.
In addition to removing the animal remains, The Smoking Gun reports that authorities also seized 46 live cats and one dog from Davis and later charged him with animal cruelty, citing the deplorable conditions of his home (as in a half-inch layer of feces ground into the carpet).