NEW YORK (AP) – Authorities say a New York City man secretly killed at least four of his live-in girlfriend’s cats, slaying the pets as the woman unsuspectingly adopted new ones.

Thirty-six-year-old Sean Lynde was arrested Friday on charges including felony animal cruelty. His attorney, Elliot Kay, said he pleaded not guilty and was freed on $5,000 bail.

Shortly after Lynde moved into the Upper West Side apartment in October 2008, authorities say his girlfriend’s two cats died, one by poisoning, another by beating.

The girlfriend then adopted two kittens in November. One died in a fall and the other had trouble walking because of trauma and was returned to a shelter.

In December, the girlfriend adopted a second pair of cats. One died of a broken neck and the other vanished.

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