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13th mutilated cat found in Thurston County

Cat mutilations have Thurston County on edge

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

The 13th cat in a string of cat killings in Thurston County was found Thursday afternoon east of Lacey.

This cat was found off Steilacoom Road Southeast near Salmon Lane Southeast 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.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Witnessing animal abuse can be difficult, but according to the Humane Society of the Unites States, it is important not to turn away from animal cruelty. The cat pictured was named Olly, a seventh mutilated cat found in Olympia on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Abby Spegman: 360-704-6869
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