Wednesday, May 26, 2010
A court date has been set in Clallam County for a cat accused of a crime that resulted in the untimely death of what neighbors called a “good amount of spaghetti sauce.”
Katie, a 4-year-old, neutered, Tuxedo cat, is charged with first degree reckless endangerment charges after she put an opened, half-full jar of Prego spaghetti sauce into the fridge without a date sticker on it following a dinner party held last July for a group of cats.
Sequim police said Katie was a guest at the home of the scene. According to reports she was cleaning up the kitchen sometime after midnight. When she got to the food and leftovers she carelessly placed the lid on the jar of sauce and callously put it on a shelf in the refrigerator.
The jars next to the sauce were clearly marked with a freshness date
Katie, who is a motorcycle mechanic by trade, later told police she had been up all night, at times drinking beer and playing lottery games with another cat. She said she stumbled across the jar of spaghetti sauce and simply “put it in the ‘fridge.”
Katie told police that another guest at the party, Vito, a 5-year-old, neutered, Domestic Short Hair, had tried to flirt with her and that it had made her confused. She said she was “not thinking clearly” when she put the sauce in the refrigerator without first jotting down today’s date and that she “made a terrible, but honest mistake.”
Katie told Police she then went home, showered, and went to sleep. She awoke the next morning to find police at her door with handcuffs, sent by the host of the previous night’s party.
Neighbor Tygana laments the death of the sauce
The homeowner, whose name has been withheld, said she woke up in the middle of the night and knew something was wrong.
“I’m not sure how I knew it, but I just knew,” the homeowner said in a statement to police. “I went to the ‘fridge and sure enough, I looked and saw there was no date label on the spaghetti sauce. Who knew how long it had been in there like that?”
She said she immediately took the jar out of the refrigerator and dialed 911. EMTs at the scene tried desperately to affix a proper date label on the jar, but had no success, saying it was too late. The jar of sauce, alone in the refrigerator for an unknown amount of time, was sadly thrown out.
The picturesque town of Sequim mourns the loss of the sauce
“It’s a tragedy that something like this could happen here,” said neighbor Tygana, a 4-year-old, neutered Domestic Short Hair. “We moved to Sequim because it seemed like such a small, nice town, now this happened.”
For months it looked like a plea bargain was in the works, but those talks fell through. Katie is pleading not guilty to first degree reckless endangerment. Now jury draw will be held the last week of October, with the trial starting November 1. If convicted, Katie could face 35 years in prison.
"That was a great tasting spaghetti sauce, and we hurt for everybody in its family," said a family insider. "The loss of this sauce is the saddest thing imaginable."
The Prego spaghetti sauce was 10-months-old. It was a limited ‘Heart Smart’ variety and originally came to Sequim with its twin brother from Costco. Before its untimely death it served and satisfied a dinner for seven cats and was looking forward to its next meal.
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Katie Photos: Thanks to Debbie, see Katie's blog here
Tygana Photo: Ashley, see her blog here
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 11:32 AM