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A dead cat was found Tuesday morning in Olympia; police say its death is suspicious

Cat mutilations have Thurston County on edge

In 2018, the discovery of a 13th mutilated cat, killed with despicably familiar violence, unnerved homeowners and law enforcement officials alike.
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In 2018, the discovery of a 13th mutilated cat, killed with despicably familiar violence, unnerved homeowners and law enforcement officials alike.

A dead cat was found Tuesday morning in southeast Olympia and police say its death is suspicious.

It wasn’t immediately known if the cat’s death was another in a string of serial cat mutilations that were reported in Thurston County last summer, but both Animal Services and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the investigation, Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower said.

A total of 13 mutilated cats were reported last summer, and a task force was formed to look into the deaths.

About 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, a neighbor in the 3200 block of Hawthorne Place Southeast found a cat’s hind quarters on a strip of grass, between the sidewalk and the street, Lower said.

Lower said a veterinarian will try to determine whether the cat’s death was caused by an animal bite, or whether it was caused by a saw or knife.

The Olympian reported in September 2018 that 13 dead cats or parts of cats had been found since January, often displayed in public places. Authorities say seven killings followed the same pattern, in which the cat’s spine was removed, while the other six didn’t follow the pattern but may be related.

In August 2018, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office took over as lead on the investigation. A task force with police from Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and the county’s animal control agency was formed to share information on cases in those cities.

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tim Rudloff said Tuesday the cat mutilation case is still active, although they don’t have any suspects.

Anyone with information about the cat found Tuesday is asked to call Olympia police at 360-753-8300.

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Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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