OLYMPIA – Animal Services officials say they are horrified at how an Olympia man allegedly killed a neighbor's cat.
Dameon Ray Parker, 30, was charged with first-degree animal cruelty in Thurston County Superior Court after allegedly decapitating the cat with a machete, according to Animal Services Officer Erika Quinn.
According to court documents:
On Nov. 18, a woman observed Parker holding the cat by the nape of the neck as he took it to the backyard of the house where he lived in the Fir Street neighborhood. She saw Parker emerge from the yard minutes later holding a machete with fresh blood and cat hair on it. The witness, who later found the cat’s headless body buried, told officers Parker admitted killing the cat, named Nokio Justis.
The next day, Animal Services, aided by Olympia police, served a search warrant at the residence, police spokesman Tor Bjornstad said.
Quinn took several items, including a machete, a railroad tie and the cat’s head, according to court records. Parker admitted killing the cat in a shed, records show.
During the search, Olympia police also determined Parker was violating a no-contact order with a woman he was living with and arrested him. As of Tuesday, Parker was being held by Olympia police, Bjornstad said.
A necropsy showed that the cat was alive as it was beheaded, court records show. The lacerations “undeniably caused severe and extensive pain and resulted in death,” documents state.
Animal Services learned of the alleged act after people who knew Parker forwarded messages to authorities found on his Facebook page saying what he had done, Animal Services director Susanne Beauregard said.
Quinn, who has investigated thousands of animal-cruelty cases in her nine years as as an investigator, says it has been years since she has seen something this brutal.
“It’s one of the worst I’ve seen in my career when it comes to violent crime with an animal,” she said.
Nate Hulings: 360-754-5476, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theolympian.com/outsideolympia