A private donor is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who killed Quixote, a shelter cat from Whisker City cat Sanctuary in Shoreline, Washington. Quixote was taken from his locked enclosure and brutally murdered before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
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Quixote was a pure Savannah cat and could have been sold for thousands of dollars. Whisker City workers arrived at work Tuesday morning to find his enclosure broken into and Quixote missing. April Brown, Founder and Executive Director of Whisker City, thought Quixote had been stolen and called the police.
One of the employees found Quixote in a dumpster with his head bashed in. A large yellow poncho with the words “Homeless need a home, but not in my backyard Richmond Beach” was found near the cat enclosure. Police took fingerprints from the scene and kept the poncho as evidence.
The rest of the cats with outside enclosures have been moved inside to safety.
A GoFundMe webpage was started by Brown stating
“Quixote, a shelter cat from Whisker City cat Sanctuary in Shoreline, Washington was taken from his locked enclosure and brutally murdered early Monday morning and we need Quixote to tell us who did this to him. The only way we have the chance to do this is with a special DNA test to swab his claws and teeth in hopes of finding human DNA. Neither the State nor the County will cover this cost so we are trying to raise the money for it. This may be our only chance to connect a suspect to this brutal crime. It is our only chance to give justice for Quixote. Please help us. Any excess funds raised will go directly to Whisker City for a reward for anyone that can lead us to the arrest of the killer as well as pay for additional security measures to prevent anything like this from happening again.”
The fundraiser has surpassed $12,000 at this time. An update on the Quixote fundraiser offered more information by Brown on a preliminary autopsy report saying Quixote’s head was repeated crushed, every major bone broken and he was alive after the brutal beating for some time.
Remembering Quixote (Facebook video by April Brown may be slow to load)
More videos can be found by visiting April Brown’s Facebook page.
The person who did this has been dubbed The Shoreline Cat Killer, according to Brown. The King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes unit is investigating. They’re calling this a case of animal cruelty but deny Quixote was tortured before his death. Police are also disputing the story spreading on social media that there’s a serial cat killer in the area.
A news release by The Sheriff’s Office and Shoreline Police says there was a recent case of animal cruelty in Edmonds but there’s no evidence to link the two cases.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 206-296-3311.
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Note: The reward may go up depending on the amount raised on the GoFundMe page.