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The Today File

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October 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Bellingham man stabs staff at 2 veterinary offices after his cat dies

Police have arrested a Bellingham man after he allegedly stabbed employees at two veterinary clinics following the death of his cat.

The 57-year-old man went to Maplewood Animal Hospital just after 8 a.m. Thursday to confront employees about the death of his cat, which had been treated at the clinic, according to Bellingham police. He pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed one of the veterinarians, but she was able to get the knife away from the man and run to the back of the business. The victim suffered a cut to the hand, police said.

Police said the man then pulled out a second kitchen knife and threatened employees at the front desk before he got into his car and drove off.

While police were searching for the man, someone called 911 from Fountain Veterinary Hospital to report someone had just walked into the business and, without saying a word, stabbed an employee, police said. The victim, also a woman, suffered a stab wound to her neck that was not considered life-threatening, police said.

During the search for the man, Bellingham police called other veterinary offices to warn of the two attacks.

At 8:44 a.m., an officer spotted the suspect and pulled him over, police said. The man claimed he was heading to the police station to turn himself in, according to police.

He was booked into jail  for investigation of two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of possessing weapons capable of causing bodily harm.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the man’s cat had been treated at both veterinary clinics nor the circumstances of the animal’s death.

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