SPCA: Drunk was going to eat kittens

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Karma, at left, and Nirvana, at right, were saved from allegedly becoming one Chester man's dinner last night, police said.

A drunken Chester man who brought two blood-soaked kittens home with him last night told his roommate he planned on eating them for dinner, Delaware County SPCA officials said.

Francis McGinley, 44, told his roommate he'd run over the 4-week-old kittens with his truck "So I could eat them for dinner," according to the police report.

He then brought the kittens - one black and one white - inside of the house and placed them in the bathtub, SPCA spokeswoman Justina Calgiano said.

"I don't know if the intent was to clean them up so he could eat them, but at that point, his roommate called police," Calgiano said.

The kittens - believed to be siblings - were taken to a vet where emergency technicians bestowed them with the names Karma, for the black, male kitten and Nirvana, for the white, female one. They are doing well and are expected to be placed in foster care tomorrow and placed up for adoption in four weeks, when they are of age.

Calgiano said she doubts McGinley actually ran them over with his truck, because it's unlikely they could have survived. Dave Schlott, the Chester animal control officer who took the kittens to the vet, said he was told they had been squeezed.

"The barbaric acts that people do today," he said. "It's like animals are a disposable commodity." 

McGinley has been charged with cruelty to animals, public drunkenness and related charges.

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