Police and the Seattle Animal Shelter are investigating a cat death reported north of The Junction this morning. The details are disturbing, so we’re putting this behind a jump from the home page:
We want to stress that authorities have NOT said at this point that they believe it is any kind of crime. But we have received several inquiries about this and, so, are reporting what we know because otherwise, it seems like the kind of incident that can start racing around the rumor mill at the speed of light.
On 40th SW near Holy Rosary, early this morning, someone came across what appeared to be half of a cat. They say it appeared to have been “cleanly cut” in half.
They called police. So when we found out about this hours later, we contacted both police and the Seattle Animal Shelter. Police media-relations Det. Mark Jamieson had no information beyond a notation that the cat’s remains had been taken to the Southwest Precinct. From there, they were waiting for Seattle Animal Shelter officers to respond and take over.
We checked with Seattle Animal Shelter executive director Don Jordan, who handles media inquiries. He said his officers had yet to report in, but he cautioned that almost always, these cases turn out to be animals killed by other animals, regardless of how it appears. He mentioned raccoons in particular; we of course have reported on numerous coyote sightings here in West Seattle. (And, looking around online, we found this 2008 story from Whidbey Island.)
We will be checking with SAS tomorrow to see if any conclusions were reached.
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