White Center Cat Attacker Pleads Not Guilty In Court
Tracy Clark, the man accused of “gutting” Scatt, a therapy cat at White Center’s Cross Church, plead “Not Guilty” to a first degree animal cruelty charge Wednesday morning at King County Superior Court.
Clark allegedly attacked Scatt, the church’s therapy cat for the last eight years, on Sunday April 19th, resulting in multiple injuries including a “collar-bone to tail” knife wound.
According to KOMO News, Clark told deputies the cat attacked him first, forcing him to defend himself. He admitted that he grabbed the cat by the throat, threw it against a wall and then stabbed it with his own knife.
Clark, 47, claimed that he’d enrolled in rehabilitation at the church, which offers a full-time residential discipleship program for distressed men.
According to the report, another church resident told police that Clark awoke him late that night and said he had “gutted the cat.”
Scatt is still recovering after being treated for 10 days at South Seattle Veterinary Hospital. He was near death when admitted.
Clark is currently in custody on $50,000 bail, and he faces up to five years in prison if convicted.