BATAVIA, N.Y. >> Authorities say a New York man has been charged with cruelty to animals after firefighters found a dead cat cooking in his oven.

Police say firefighters responded around 9 p.m. Monday to a public housing apartment in the city of Batavia, midway between Buffalo and Rochester. The apartment was filled with light smoke when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters were seeking the source of the smoke when they discovered the cat.

Batavia police say they believe the cat was alive when it was placed in the oven.

Police charged 42-year-old Darren Annovi with aggravated cruelty to animals.

He was being held in the Genesee (JEN'-uh-see) County Jail without bail. Annovi is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

It was unclear if he has a lawyer.