UPDATE: New clues released in cat torture case

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Material used to hang cat

SEATTLE — A local family’s cat was killed by hanging, and experts say it could be a sign of even worse crimes to come.

The Seattle Animal Shelter said someone found a neighborhood cat hanged by a metal chain Thursday in South Seattle. The cat was found hanging over a 6-foot wooden fence along South Bateman Street in south Seattle. Officials say it was deliberately hung.

“The cat was deliberately hung. Through necropsy, we determined the cat definitely suffered before she died,” Ann Graves of Seattle Animal Shelter said.

On Friday, the animal shelter released photographs of the material used to hang the cat. A long metal lanyard was used, officials said.

“It was not a normal collar; we don’t know where the material came from,” Graves said.

Now there is a big reward to catch the killer. The humane society is offering $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Experts say that arrest needs to happen fast, because those who kill and torture animals often exhibit other homicidal tendencies. David Gomez, a former FBI agent who has worked on dozens of cases involving serial killers, said animal torture is definitely a red flag for other violence.

“Both serial rapist and serial killers in the past exhibited animal cruelty,” Gomez said.

He said the details of the case point to a younger killer, and officials said it could lead to even worse crimes.

“It’s really important that you identify these people early in life so we can get them help,” Gomez said.

The shelter says there were no previous complaints against the cat.

Anyone with information on this animal killing should call Seattle police.




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  • Alec

    I just finished an ethics course at Gonzaga this semester and we talked about how the ethicist Immanuel Kant dealt with cruelty to animals. He believed that we have an indirect responsibility to be kind to them because those that are cruel to animals are more likely to be inclined to further project that cruelty onto humans. Therefore the worry about a serial killer in the works seems valid. Either way cruelty of any kind is completely unacceptable especially since it was against a weaker, more vulnerable being. Thought I would add that ethical theory to the discussion.

  • sinewsworn

    Indoor cats live much longer than those allowed to roam.

    Identifying and capturing the individual (s) responsible for this heinous crime must be done soon.

  • Rachelle

    One of the signs of a young sociopath (aka: antisocial personality disorder that can worsen into a psychopath) is cruelty to animals in their youth.

    VERY concerning.

  • Robyn

    So you can give this sadistic person help.
    I thought they tried that. IT DOES NOT HELP!
    They will get a slap on the wrist. And back with the public

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