The man who police say stabbed a church therapy cat and broke its ribs was charged with first-degree animal cruelty Wednesday -- the same day animal rescue workers said they think the animal will recover.
The orange-and-white cat, Scatt, had been helping recovering substance abusers at the church for nearly a decade. He showed up as a stray and at first was leery of people, but "adopted" the staff and residents.
First-degree animal cruelty was a misdemeanor, but in the early 1990s the King County Prosecutor's Office asked the Washington State Legislature to amend the statute making cases involving deliberate acts of cruelty a felony.
"This is exactly the kind of case we had in mind when we asked for changes to the law," King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a statement. "We know from case studies that many offenders who exhibit cruelty toward animals escalate from their violence and direct it toward people."
The cat is being treated at the South Seattle Veterinary Hospital, where church staff said the medical bill is more than $300. He's being given intravenous antibiotics and Pasado's Safe Haven has offered to pay for his care.
Its blatantly obvious that this cat, for nearly a decade, had ruled over its human minions in the Church Rehab and Recovery program. That said, one of the cat's minions decided, for whatever reason, to revolt against the cat. Claiming Self Defense (!?!?!), the guy choked and stabbed the cat.
Now, everyone else in the program was willing to go after this guy to 'take care of the guy themselves' - I can only imagine what that means amongst drug addicts and street thugs - but instead, the guy was arrested, and felony charges were brought against him, and he's being held on $50,000.00 bail!
Apparently, the cat is going to be fine, and will return to the Rehab center later on this week.
AU2012 asks, Self Defense, or Assassination attempt of a Cat who clearly has dominion over humans in the program.