Deputies arrest suspect on Aggravated Animal Abuse, Theft charges after finding suffocated cat strapped to table

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: April 25, 2013, 1:49 p.m.

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Please refer to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-12249

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2013, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a dead cat found on what was described as a makeshift "operating table" in a residence on the 1900 block of SE Sunnyslope Rd. in Milwaukie.

Deputies investigated and soon arrested Ashley Fawn Guldager, 21, on charges of first-degree Aggravated Animal Abuse and first-degree Theft of the animal. A necropsy determined that the cat died of asphyxiation. Guldager is suspected of killing the animal.

Upon arrival at the Sunnyslope Road address on April 22, deputies talked with the victims, who live at a nearby house, and learned that the victims' cat -- Mama Kitty, approximately 9 years old -- had gone missing three days prior.

The victims and Guldager reportedly knew each other.

The reporting party (not one of the victims) told deputies he had found the cat on what was described as an "operating table" in the house and that the cat's body had been tampered with. The reporting party was also concerned about chemicals that suspect Guldager had reportedly been mixing; the reporting party had moved these chemicals outside the house to the backyard. Guldager was reportedly inside the house when deputies arrived.

Cover deputies were dispatched. Deputies interviewed Guldager -- who is reportedly single and unemployed and had been living upstairs on a couch at the residence for about a month. Deputies then entered the house and entered the downstairs bathroom, where they found the deceased animal.

The cat's body was reportedly strapped down to a table with jumper cables. A light hung from a bungee cord over the table. Also on the table were a wet sponge, scissors, a 12" straight-blade kitchen knife, a plastic razor, and a cigarette butt. These items were later seized as evidence; a photograph is attached. The cat's body had been tampered with, including partial shaving of the body.

Because of the unidentified chemicals at the scene, deputies requested that Clackamas Fire District #1 report to the scene to ensure the crime scene was safe to investigate, which they did.

Deputies taped multiple interviews with suspect Ashley Fawn Guldager and collected evidence. She was arrested and transported to Clackamas County Jail, where she was booked on charges of first-degree Aggravated Animal Abuse and first-degree Theft of the cat. Bail was set at $100,000. She was also referred for a mental-health evaluation.

The Oregon Humane Society's Law Enforcement Division conducted a necropsy and cause-of-death determination on the cat's body. The staff veterinarian's report determined the cat died of asphyxiation. Guldager is the suspect in this crime; a person commits the crime of Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree (ORS 167.322) if they maliciously kill an animal.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office welcomes additional tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-12249.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-12249.


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Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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