January 05, 2014

Nellie Palacios - Jailed After Burglarizing Ex-Boyfriend's Home, Stabbing Cat To Death

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Santa Maria, CA (The Weekly Vice) - Nellie Marie Palacios, a 43-year-old California woman, was jailed Thursday after she allegedly broke into an ex-boyfriend's home and stabbed a cat to death.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to an Orcutt residence at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a man called to report that his girlfriend had gone into a home that she said belonged to her cousin, and began removing several paintings from the walls.

When deputies arrived at the residence, they detained Palacios at the scene while continuing to investigate why she was at the residence and what had transpired inside the home.

Investigators say a search of the property turned up a cat that had been stabbed to death before it was placed inside a doghouse located in the yard. Deputies also recovered a knife from under the doghouse that was covered with blood and cat hair.

Further investigation revealed that the house didn't belong to a cousin, but instead belonged to Palacios' ex-boyfriend.

During questioning, Palacios told deputies that she stabbed the cat in self defense. Several paintings and other items that had been removed from the home were found inside her car.

She was booked into the Santa Barbara County jail and charged with burglary and animal cruelty. Her bail has been set at $50,000.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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