Santa Maria woman arrested for killing ex-boyfriend’s cat
January 4, 2014
Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies arrested a 43-year-old Santa Maria woman who allegedly choked and then stabbed her ex-boyfriend’s cat to death with a large kitchen knife.
On the afternoon of Jan.2, Nellie Palacios, accompanied by her new boyfriend, entered her ex-boyfriend’s Orcutt home and began removing paintings from the walls and putting them into her car. She then choked his cat before stabbing it and putting the carcass in a pet igloo in the yard.
While the new boyfriend told police he remained primarily outside, he did see Palacios kill the cat and take items from the home.
Palacios claims the cat attacked her and she was defending herself.
After Palacios was treated at a local hospital for scratches, deputies booked her into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of animal cruelty and burglary.