Animal Cruelty and Burglary Arrest
updated: Jan 03, 2014, 3:38 PM
Source: SB Sheriff's Office
Santa Maria Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty and Burglary:
Woman Allegedly Stabbed Cat to Death at Ex-Boyfriend's Home
On Thursday, January 2, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the 4600
block of Hummel Drive in Orcutt to a report of an animal cruelty case. A male resident called 9-1-1 to report that his girlfriend, 43 year old Nellie Marie
Palacios of Santa Maria, had gone into a home which she said belonged to her cousin, and was removing paintings off the walls. He also said he witnessed her
choking a cat at the residence and stabbing it with a large kitchen knife.
When Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the property, they discovered Palacios in the yard and detained her. They then found the cat
nearby in an Igloo style doghouse. The cat had been fatally injured as a result of being stabbed. The knife which was used in the attack was located under the
doghouse covered with blood and cat hair. Palacios said the cat attacked her and she was acting in self defense.
Sheriff's Deputies determined the residence did not belong to her cousin but was the home of her ex-boyfriend. Several paintings
from the home and other items from the residence were discovered in Palacios' car.
Sheriff's Deputies arrested Palacios on charges of burglary and animal cruelty. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of scratches and then
transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail. Her bail was set at $50,000.
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MUG SHOT GALLERY
|| Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that a complaint
has been filed against 43-year old Nellie Marie Palacios.
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