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Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office charge woman with stabbing and killing family cat

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Nellie Marie Palacios, 43, was arrested on Thursday and faces charges for burglarizing her boyfriend's home and stabbing his cat to death with a kitchen knife reported the santamariatimes.com.

Authorities were called to a home on the 4600 block of Hummel Drive in Orcutt after a man called and said the woman had been removing paintings off the wall of his home. Police found the dead cat in a dog house and a bloodied knife.

Palacios told the officer the cat had attacked her, and she was acting in self defense.

She is currently in the Santa Barbara jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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