Wave of Violence Against Animals Hits Washington State
OLYMPIA, WA – August 31, 2018
Recent months have been characterized by a wave of animal violence in Washington state, local media reports. The unknown maniac has killed thirteen cats in a row, and the police yet don’t have any suspect, so they have asked the public to help them find out who might be behind these horrible crimes.
The thirteenth dead cat was found off Steilacoom Road Southeast near Salmon Lane Southeast in Olympia at about 2:30 p.m. At the same time, members of a newly-formed task force on the mutilated cats — including Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies and Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater police — were meeting for the first time.
Two cats were found around the same area last week, while another was found near Pacific Avenue Southeast on Tuesday.
Detective Ben Elkins of the Sheriff’s Office said of the 13 cats found dead since January, seven have followed the same pattern, while the other six may be related.
He said investigators need the public’s help to catch the person or people responsible.
“Take note. If it’s suspicious, report it,” he said.
As the reports have come in, so have donations. There is now a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. The case has become serious enough for authorities in Thurston County as well, so to set up a 10-person task force, led by a former police officer with decades of experience investigating animal cases.
The team, which includes a homicide detective, has met to put together a game plan for hunting down the cat killer. If found, the person could face as much as two years in prison for each cat killed.