"He told the deputies out there that he had been high on bath salts and wasn't in his right mind," Snuffer said.
"They knew who he was when the call came out," he said. "They've dealt with him before."
He said the man is mentally unstable and lives with another person who is not always home. Snuffer said deputies were concerned for the man's health and contacted Adult Protective Services.
The detective said the goat had a single stab wound. The body was taken to a veterinarian to determine the cause of death and whether it had been sexually assaulted.
Neighbors told deputies they were concerned about the safety of their neighborhood with Thompson still living nearby.
Thompson has been charged with felony animal cruelty and is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.