Renton man accused of injuring, killing his pets

Christopher John McCabe pleaded not guilty Nov. 7 to two counts of first degree animal cruelty.

Christopher John McCabe pleaded not guilty Nov. 7 to two counts of first degree animal cruelty.

Bail was set at $75,000 for the 37-year-old McCabe. He is currently still in custody.

McCabe along with his wife and three children have been living in a rental house in Renton since 2007. The family had a couple of cats, a rabbit and a black dog.

According to charging documents, McCabe’s wife and children left the home several weeks ago because, “he had been acting intermittently bizarre and then ‘normal.’”

During the week of Oct. 15 through 20, his wife became concerned about his well-being, the documents stated, due to “strange” items and statements he had been posting on social media.

On Oct. 20 his wife reported seeing a photograph of what she believed to be blood all over the walls, floor, shower and tub in one of their bathrooms. The charging documents also stated their dog appeared to be in the tub and was thought to be the source of the blood.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the house and made contact with McCabe at the front door. He opened the door briefly but then retreated inside, the documents stated.

The documents added deputies treated the situation as a barricaded person and dispatched a SWAT team.

Before the SWAT team arrived, McCabe reportedly ran out the back door of the home and fled. He was eventually arrested by Renton police officers.

In his post-Miranda rights statement, McCabe said, “God had given him insight and that dogs contained evil spirits,” the documents stated.

King County deputies said he was calm and showed no remorse for his actions.

When officers entered the home to check on the welfare of the animals and to investigate further, they found the dog alive but immobile in the downstairs tub. The documents stated she was suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to an animal hospital by King County Animal Control officers.

The charging documents from Oct. 25 stated the dog went into surgery and survived. There is currently no update on her condition.

Deputies believe McCabe used including a garden pitch fork, a folding pocket knife and a long crow bar.

The following day after his arrest, McCabe’s wife and King County Animal Control officers returned to the home to locate the other animals.

The family’s cats were found unharmed but the pet rabbit was found dead in a fire pit in the backyard. Initial reports from a forensic veterinarian was the rabbit had suffered some form of blunt trauma before being placed in the fire, the documents stated.

At his Nov. 7 arraignment a case setting hearing was scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Additional charges were added at Tuesday’s arraignment. Those charges include a deadly weapon enhancement, which adds six months to a potential sentence and an aggravated for lack of remorse, according to Don Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

This case is also now being designated as a domestic violence case.

McCabe has a prior conviction of first degree robbery from 2014.

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