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Posted: August 06, 2018

Serial pet killer may have mutilated, slain 7 cats; $3K reward offered in search for suspect

File photo of a cat. Law enforcement officials are searching for the person or people responsible for killing and mutilating cats in Washington state.
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File photo of a cat. Law enforcement officials are searching for the person or people responsible for killing and mutilating cats in Washington state.

By KIRO7.com

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. —

Law enforcement officials are searching for the person or people responsible for killing and mutilating cats in Washington state.

>> Man who threw dog off bridge charged with animal cruelty, claims pup liked it, officers say

Several cats have been killed in Thurston County since February, according to Erika Johnson, Thurston County Joint Animal Services lead investigator on the case.

On Sunday, a seventh cat was discovered. That cat was found killed and mutilated near Decatur Park in West Olympia.

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In Thurston County on Saturday and Sunday, law enforcement officials went door to door warning homeowners of the serial pet killer.

Pasado's Safe Haven is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the suspect. 

"The cats are usually left in public places after they are killed," a release from Pasado's reads. "Investigators believe these cases are linked due to similar mutilations done to the cats' bodies (removal of the spine)."

>> See the release here

Five cats have been found killed and mutilated in Thurston County in the last 6 months. We need your help! Please share...

Posted by Pasado's Safe Haven on Saturday, August 4, 2018
 

Johnson said the cats are strangled and then surgically cut, not professionally but with a knife. The cats killed have been found in Lacey, West Olympia and Tumwater. 

If you have information, call 360-352-2510.


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Man who threw dog off bridge charged with animal cruelty, claims pup liked it, officers say

Investigators say they have found the man responsible for throwing a dog off a bridge in Massachusetts last month.

According to the Wareham Department of Natural Resources, the search for a suspect began after video surfaced of a man dropping a dog off a bridge and down 12 feet into a waterway. The video then showed the man jumping into the water himself.

>> Watch the clip here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

A Natural Resources officer found the man, identified as East Falmouth native Kevin Ouellette, and interviewed him about the incident, the department said.

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Ouellette reportedly said he would do it all the time, and that the dog, which wasn't injured in the incident, "likes it."

An investigation determined Ouellette wasn't the owner of the dog, and the dog was taken without the owner's permission. 

>> On Boston25News.com: Video of dog being thrown off bridge in Wareham prompts hunt for owner

Authorities said Ouellette inflicted unnecessary cruelty on the dog by throwing it 12 feet into the water.

Ouellette was charged with animal cruelty by custodian, larceny from a building and a municipal bylaw violation for bridge jumping.

 

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