by Michael Sheridan • May 5, 2011
A West Virginia man claims he was high on "bath salts" when he allegedly stabbed a neighbor's goat to death while wearing women's underwear.
Mark Thompson was charged with cruelty to animals after being arrested at his home on Monday, authorities said.
The pygmy goat, named Bailey, had been purchased as a gift for a 4-year-old boy when it somehow wound up in 19-year-old Thompson's home, The Charleston Gazette reported.
"They told him that my goat was wandering around in Mark's house and better come and get it," Lisa Powers, grandmother of the 4-year-old, told the West Virginia newspaper. "They called my nephew because he'd been there before."
When he, along with two other women, arrived at the house, they made their way to Thompson's bedroom.
"He told them, 'Don't come in, I'm naked,'" Powers told The Gazette. "But they opened the door and he was standing there with his pants down. He had on women's clothing and the goat was dead and there was blood everywhere."
Officers found the small gray-and-white goat wearing a pink collar lying dead on the floor, blood coming from its neck, according to a police report.
A pornographic magazine photo was found lying near the animal's carcass.
Thompson told police he had been using bath salts to get high for at least three days.
Bath salts, not be confused with the kind put in bathtubs, are a widely used designer drug that is not illegal, but achieves some of the same effects as LSD and ecstasy.