CCSO: Woman tortured cat to death
A woman is accused of brutally killing a cat which was found dead this week, strapped down with jumper cables to a makeshift operating table inside a Milwaukie home.
Ashley Fawn Guldager, 21, faces one count of first-degree aggravated animal abuse and first-degree theft of an animal.
Lisa Marie Armstrong and her family are animal lovers with a dog and three cats she considers like children. So when her cat, called Momma Kitty or Big Momma, went missing last week, she was concerned.
She had a normal routine like most animals, she said.
The Armstrongs live in the community of Oak Grove in the 1900 block of Southeast Sunnyslope Road, and she often visited Guldager, her neighbor. But when she stopped by on Monday, she said she tried to open the door to the basement bathroom. It was blocked by a makeshift table.
(Momma Kittys) tail was just hanging with no life in it, and there was tape. She taped the cat to the board, Armstrong told KOIN 6 News.
Upon arrival at the Sunnyslope Road address on April 22, Sgt. Robert Wurpes said Clackamas County Sheriffs Office deputies talked with the victims, who live at a nearby house, and learned that the victims' cat – Mama Kitty, approximately 9 years old – had gone missing three days prior. Deputies found the cat strapped down to a table with jumper cables. A light hung from a bungee cord over the table. On the table was a wet sponge, scissors, a 12-inch straight-blade kitchen knife, a plastic razor and a cigarette butt.
A necropsy of the cat determined it had died of asphyxiation.
Guldager, deputies discovered, was single and unemployed, and had been living on a couch in the home where the cat was found dead for the last month. Guldager was inside the home when deputies first arrived, the sheriffs office said.
The person who reported the dead cat to authorities not one of the owners said he had walked in to find the cat dead on the makeshift table in the house. He also told deputies he suspected Guldager was mixing chemicals in the house, which he then moved outside the home and into the backyard. Clackamas Fire District No. 1 officials were called to the scene to ensure the chemicals were safe.
Following several interviews with Guldager, she was arrested and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on $100,000 bail. She has also been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
She was doing surgery; she mutilated that cat; she took a life, Armstrong said. Sick people like this: They need their own planet.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office welcomes additional tips and information regarding this alleged crime.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the CCSO confidential Tip Line by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online email form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html