The Seattle Animal Foundation tells the story of "Stitch," a cat rescued from a horrific situation.
Patrick Michaud had never seen anything quite as strange in his five years as a Seattle police officer.
A woman had just jumped to her death and everything in her Capitol Hill apartment was covered with a fine layer of white powder. Michaud was securing the scene, preserving evidence, when he heard a faint meow. Then another.
He followed the sound to a wicker basket. Inside it, a white canvas bag appeared to be moving. He untied the bag’s drawstring and a bloody white cat jumped out. Michaud could see deep cuts and exposed muscle, as the cat scrambled out of his grasp, clawing through his protective gloves.
Neighbors would later tell police they heard its owner, the woman in 606, (Read The Stranger account) in the midst of a psychotic episode, scream something about stabbing a cat before her suicide. The powder blanketing her apartment, it turns out, was ordinary flour. Michaud found the cat cowering in a kitchen cabinet. He scooped her up, stuffed her into a carrier, and headed for the ACCESS emergency clinic in north Seattle.