In October 2008, Lynde allegedly poisoned Cleo, whose body was found with a mouthful of detergent behind a dryer. He bludgeoned Zoe so severely, a veterinarian euthanized her. Reports indicate Strate next adopted kittens Willie and Betty. Within a month, Willie was fatally crippled and Lynde claims Betty "fell off a countertop" to her death. After Strate brought home two more kittens, one named Emo vanished and Bonafide turned up with a broken neck.
Lynde seemingly derives pleasure from prolonged suffering as further evidenced by past charges for crippling a kitten and instigating a sixth cat's disappearance.