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Local Woman Searching For Who Killed Her Cats

TYLER, Wash. - Animal advocates from out of the area are hoping flyers posted around Spokane, Cheney, and Tyler, Washington will help bring to justice to the person who killed three cats in a suspected domestic violence range incident.

Employees from the non-profit Pasado's Safe Haven, out of Monroe, Washington, posted flyers around the Inland Northwest Tuesday with pictures of the three cats belonging to a woman from Tyler. The flyers offer a $2,000 reward for anyone who could offer information leading to the arrest, prosecution or conviction of the person responsible for shooting the pets.

Several employees made the several hundred mile journey across the state to help a woman they said was the victim of domestic violence.

Pasado's Safe Haven Media Manager, Amber Chenoweth, said their organization received a call three weeks ago from the Tyler woman who said she was the victim of constant domestic violence against her and her cats.

The alleged victim said she found out her three cats were dead and believed they'd been shot. 

That's when the woman turned to Pasados Safe Haven for help. According to their website, Pasado's Safe Haven has investigated numerous cases involving animal cruelty and domestic violence. Chenoweth said the organization is a 24-hour rescue and rehabilitation of dogs, cats and farm animals.  She also said Pasado's Safe Haven has waged numerous prosecutions against animal abusers, winning major convictions. The shelter offers rewards, through the media, to seek out and prosecute those who have committed heinous acts of animal cruelty.  

Soon after the woman called, animal autopsies called necropsies were performed and it was found the animals were not killed humanely. Chenoweth said the cats were, in fact, shot.

KHQ Local News talked to a neighbor and local store employee in Tyler, Washington who the woman confided in during the ordeal.

JD Dickenson said. "When she first came in, she told me that her husband had called her and told her that the cats were dead and the 'dogs will be next."

According to Spokane County Sheriff's Office Deputy Craig Chamberlin, no report of domestic violence has been reported to them by the alleged victim.

Chenoweth said cases between domestic violence and animal cruelty are more common than people think. 

She said a person who commits animal cruelty or neglect is five times more likely to commit family violence.

"It's horrifying and makes it makes me think about all the people in situations like this but they are too scared to leave the situation," Chenoweth said. 

"We travel all across the state of Washington if we receive a call for help and someone says they don't know where else to turn, we do our best to be there for them."

If you have any information regarding the crime, call Pasado's Safe Haven at (206) 300-7218.  http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/

You can also call the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service at (509) 477-2532. Their website is http://www.spokanecounty.org/scraps/default.aspx


Program: Intimate Partner Violence Foster Pet Program
Organization: Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium
Contact: Jennifer Stapleton, Executive Director or Gail Mackie, SpokAnimal C.A.R.E.
714 N. Napa St.
Spokane, WA 99202–2867
509-487-6783 or 509-534-8133          Fax: 509-487-4778

Organization: WAIF—Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation
Contact: Lesley Mills, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1108
Coupeville, WA 98239–1108
360-675-0130         Fax: 360-279-0424

Organization: Emergency Support Shelter
Contact: Janis Dimmitt, Executive Director
P.O. Box 877
Kelso, WA 98626–0077
360-425-1176            Fax: 360-425-3970

Program: Domestic Violence Program
Organization: Seattle Animal Shelter
Contact: Don E. Jordan, Executive Director
2061 15th Ave.
West Seattle, WA 98119–2727
206-386-7387             Fax: 206-386-4285

Program: Pet Housing Program
Organization: Family Renewal Shelter
Contact: Keith Galbraith, Executive Director
6832 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98408–7206
253-475-9010                      Fax: 253-475-0848

Organization: Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County
Contact: Bob Walter, Director of Education
2608 Center St.
Tacoma, WA 98409–7694
253-284-5814             Fax: 253-620-1564

Sheltering Animals & Families Together, www.animalsandfamilies.org: lists shelters that allow
domestic violence victims to bring their pets.
In Washington, these shelters are:
--Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties (Kennewick), 800.648.1277
--Family Renewal Shelter (Tacoma), 888.550.3915
--YWCA Pierce County Women's Support Shelter (Tacoma), 253.383.2593
Safe Havens Program, www.ahimsahouse.org/directory: lists animal shelters that will house the pets of
domestic violence victims who go to shelters that do not allow pets.
In Washington, these shelters are:
--Seattle Animal Shelter, Domestic Violence Program (Seattle), 206.386.4292
--Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County (Tacoma), 253.383.2733
--Family Renewal Shelter, Pet Housing Program (Tacoma), 888.550.3915
--YWCA Women's Support Shelter, (Tacoma), 253.383.2593