Reward offered for Shoreline, Washington cat beaten and stomped to death

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.

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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.


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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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14 Responses

  1. Kit says:

    Please don’t say this cat was tortured for 15 minutes!! The likelihood of that is slim. I’m sure Q died an horrific death at the hands of a monster, who needs to be removed from good society.

    “The cat’s body was eventually given to the owner who said she would take it to her vet for an examination. At this point, there is no evidence that the cat was tortured prior to being killed.”

    • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

      That was stated on the poster I used as lead photo. The police also say there isn’t a cat serial killer.

      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.

      So who do we believe? The police or the person who performed the necropsy?

      • Kit says:

        Yes, I saw the “some time”. It’s a relative term. Since the neighbors only heard what sounded like “falling branches” and not the screams and struggles of an animal being tortured.
        I will wait to hear a final report. I left a quote in my previous comment. I will go by it, rather than the sensationalized version. It was an horrific death in any case as I stated. The cat would have gone into shock quickly…. thank goodness for that.

  2. Thank you everyone for helping us spread the word to Shoreline residents. We need your help sharing this horrific story. I know it’s hard to accept, but someone is seriously sick and extremely angry and cruel. This person has not been caught. Donations help but it’s much more important to get the word out. We have already raised enough money to pay for the DNA tests and security system. There is a combined Reward of $21,000 for the arrest and conviction of the killer of precious Quixote. I believe this person will be caught.

  3. Reg Sackett says:

    Evil pure and simple

  4. Teresa says:

    Karma is coming for you….!!! RIP Quixote you are where there are no pain no suffering….now fly free sweet soul….!

  5. Teresa says:

    Catch SOB….!!! Do the same that he did to Quixote….!!! Justice for Quixote….! Monster ABUSER COWARD…YOU SHOW YOUR WEAKNESS IN THAT LOW WAY…!!!

  6. Frances A Danna says:

    I am so sorry for Quixote, a precious soul, to have died in this brutal manner. I pray that the subhuman who committed this act of insane cruelty will be caught. I wish that we could ammend the laws to punish animal abusers on the same level that is used for human lives. Animals are all innocent. They deserve respect to the utmost degree.

  7. Dale Sommers says:

    I’d first check to see if that shelter is struggling for funds. It wouldn’t be the first time some staff-member or owner of a struggling shelter or rescue group mutilated a cat and then paraded them in the media for donations. 1 mutilated cat can bring in over $63,000.00 of free money to use in any manner they wish. As you well know.

  8. Andy Corona says:

    I live in Shoreline, and I swear, I have a gun, and I would use it on this Bastard of Bitch who killed this poor defenseless Animal. I don’t allow my cats out of the house, but I do have an outside cat who is not feral, but she is an outdoor cat. These people who kill animals start with them, and move on to Humans! We need to find this piece of shit NOW!

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