There are plenty of articles that confirm this as I’ve read numerous one over the last week. Many articles highlight what the documentary left out or downplayed and this is on the list. From ABCNews — in 1982, he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after he threw his family’s cat over a bonfire, causing it to ignite. The AP reported that Avery poured gasoline on a cat and threw it into a bonfire. “I was young and stupid,” he said in the series.