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The Yakima County jail. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

A Yakima man is accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend with steel-toed boots and killing her cats.

Police were called to the couple’s home in the 1100 block of South 19th Street Wednesday evening for a report of domestic violence threats.

The woman said the suspect became upset with her because she decided to walk home from work after taking sick time rather than calling him for a ride, according to a police probable-cause affidavit. During the argument, the suspect threatened to “kick her face in,” she told officers, and said he had kicked her before with the steel-reinforced boots, the affidavit said.

Officers said a kick to the head with steel-toed boots would likely be fatal.

The man also threw her belongings out of the house and took her phone and bank card, the affidavit said.

The suspect, she said, would step on or kick her cats when he was angry and he killed several of them, the affidavit said. She showed officers text messages he sent earlier that day referring to at least five cats that had died, the affidavit said, and said in one text: “They are all gonna die tonight that’s a fact.”

Officers found a cat in the shower that had labored breathing and was not moving.

Police arrested the 23-year-old man on suspicion of felony harassment, animal cruelty and theft for taking the cellphone, the affidavit said. He is expected to appear in Yakima County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.


Every day Yakima Police officers respond to hundreds of calls, and here you can see details of the last 30 days of incidents.

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