Sheriff's Office investigates employee death at cat sanctuary

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Nov. 10, 2013

Media and Interested Parties


At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated an employee death at a cat sanctuary on the 31000 block of Heater Road in unincorporated Sherwood.

Deputies and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel responded to Wildcat Haven cat sanctuary on the 31000 block of Heater Road. The initial report was that an employee had been gravely injured on the job. Once on-scene, it was confirmed the employee was deceased.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is working with the Clackamas County Medical Examiner on this investigation.

The Wildcat Haven cat sanctuary is a secured facility where the animals are kept in heavily fenced areas. There are no reports of any of the animals getting loose from the facility, and there is no immediate threat to the citizens in the surrounding areas. There is no danger to the public. This case is actively under investigation. No photos are available.

The Sheriff's Office and Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 36-year-old Renee Radziwon- Chapman of Portland. Mrs. Radziwon died from injuries consistent with those sustained from a wild animal.

Wildcat Haven has also posted a release on the incident (PDF format).


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Contact Info:
Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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