In Galveston, Texas, a man was arrested for stabbing the family cat multiple times while his four-year-old son fired off an AK-47 he found in his father’s bedroom lying on the bed. Mario Eduardo Salinas, 27, has been charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, tampering with physical evidence and making terroristic threats to a family member.
According to Click2Houston, Salinas stabbed the family cat named Snowflake, 12 times with a kitchen knife and threatened to kill his girlfriend at their home. Galveston Police stated the incident began on Monday when Salinas went out of control when he ordered his girlfriend to come home from work and take care of the children. He also threatened to take the couple’s two children – ages 3 and 4, away and kill the family pets.
“He had threatened to chop her up, kill the pets and take the kids,” said Detective Michelle Sollenberger. Once he removed some firearms from his gun safe, he at some point realized the cat urinated on some bedding and directed his anger towards the cat.”
The woman left the home and called authorities she feared going home. About an hour later, local residents heard gunshots coming from the home. When the four-year-old found the AK-47, he fired it and bullets holes went into the dresser and a wall. The children told police their father had killed Snowflake even though Salinas earlier had tried to blame one of the children.
Snowflake’s bloodied body was found in a nearby alley. Salinas’ clothes and shoes had bloodstains on them.
Salinas remains at the Galveston County Jail where $47,000 bond has been set.
(Photos of family cat stabbed via screenshot Click2Houston.)
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