Cat beheaded because it was ‘evil and nosy’

Rudi Espinoza, 24, held on $100,000 bail

Rudi Espinoza, June 25, 2015 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Rudi Espinoza, June 25, 2015 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A 24-year-old man who allegedly decapitated his mother’s cat because it was “evil and nosy” was arrested on 2 counts of aggravated animal abuse.

Rudi Espinoza knocked on his neighbor’s door wearing only boxer shorts and covered in blood, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. The neighbor called 911 and said he was acting strangely and appeared to be under the influence of something.

When deputies arrived on the 4600 block of Shawnee Lane SE in Salem they saw he was covered in scratches and bite marks. A bit of investigation found the beheaded cat inside a house.

Deputies asked Espinoza why he killed the cat. He allegedly told them, “Because it is evil and nosy.”

He’s being held in Marion County Jail on $100,000 bail. His next court appearance is July 7.

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