PORTLAND -- A Southeast Portland man pleaded guilty to domestic violence after an investigation into animal abuse also uncovered an attack on his ex-girlfriend.
Travis Warner-Tamerius confessed to repeatedly punching and slapping a 2-year old cat. During that investigation, police said they found the evidence of domestic violence.
“Cases like this remind us that we too often see violence against animals going hand-in-hand with violence against people,” said Sharon Harmon, Executive Director at the Oregon Humane Society.
Warner-Tamerius later pleaded guilty to aggravated animal abuse and domestic violence assault.
The investigation began in March and included an examination of the cat by an OHS veterinarian trained in forensic animal science.
“The veterinarian concluded that the injuries this cat suffered were likely traumatic in nature, the result of one or multiple strikes or blows to the head and face,” said David Lytle with OHS.
He said the cat’s face was so swollen that she could not eat or drink. The owner relinquished her to OHS so she could be treated for injuries and offered for adoption.
“After seven days of intensive care, the cat was able to eat and drink on her own. The cat was later adopted from OHS,” Lytle added.
Warner-Tamerius will be sentenced in court on Nov. 13.