Washougal teen arrested in cat killing

Washougal police are looking for a group of teenagers believed to have intentionally run over a cat and then driving back to watch it die in the 2700 block of H Street in Washougal, Wash., Sept. 13, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Washougal police are looking for a group of teenagers believed to have intentionally run over a cat and then driving back to watch it die in the 2700 block of H Street in Washougal, Wash., Sept. 13, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (KOIN) – A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in the case of an SUV that intentionally drove onto a sidewalk and ran over cat last week in Washougal.

The teen was taken into custody Wednesday on one count of first-degree animal cruelty, a class C felony.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 13, witnesses called 911 to report that a late model SUV occupied by several teens had just swerved up onto a curb in the 2700 block of H Street and ran over a cat. Witnesses told Washougal police they heard someone yell, “hit it, it,” right before the cat was struck. The vehicle circled back twice to scene as the cat lay dying in the grass, witnesses said, before fleeing the scene.

Investigators determined there were four teen boys in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The driver, who was not named, was arrested Wednesday and then released back into the custody of his parents.

According to Washougal police, the teen told detectives he was in fact trying to avoid hitting the cat by driving directly at it. He could not, however, clarify why he did not stay on the road or veer away, Washougal police said.

The owner of the cat was not identified. How investigators identified the suspect was not disclosed. Washougal police did not confirm if any of the passengers in the SUV will also face charges.

The case has been turned over to the Clark County Juvenile Court.

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