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Animal abuse suspect: 'There was something else doing it'

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Ashley Guldager, Thursday, at the Clackamas County Jail Ashley Guldager, Thursday, at the Clackamas County Jail
MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV) -

A woman accused of a disturbing case of animal abuse granted a jailhouse interview to Fox 12 Thursday.

Deputies responded to reports of a dead cat found in a home on the 1900 block of Sunnyslope Road in the Milwaukie area Monday.

Investigators said the cat was strapped to a makeshift operating table with jumper cables. A light hung from a bungee cord above the table.

Deputies said they found a wet sponge, scissors, a 12-inch straight-blade kitchen knife, a plastic razor and a cigarette butt on the table.

All those items were seized as evidence.

Investigators said the victims' cat, named Mama Kitty, had gone missing three days earlier. The cat was 9 years old.

"When I walked into my neighbor's home, all I could see was her tail hanging off the side of the board," said the cat's owner Lisa Armstrong.

"You can't even digest that as a human being, I'll have that vision for the rest of my life you know."

Investigators said the dead cat's body had been tampered with and was partially shaved. The Oregon Humane Society's law enforcement division conducted a necropsy and determined the cat died of asphyxiation.

Ashley Guldager, 21, was arrested and charged with aggravated animal abuse and first-degree theft of an animal.

"I don't want to talk about the cat because that was a horrible thing," Guldager said from the Clackamas County Jail.

In an emotional and often incoherent interview, Guldager referenced the Bible, Satan and eventually her neighbor's cat.

"My body was there," she said. "I was sitting there like this and there was something else doing it. Like it just used me."

The charge of aggravated animal abuse is applied if a person maliciously kills an animal, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

"Yeah, I'm really sorry about the pet," Guldager said.

Guldager had been living upstairs on a couch in the home where the cat was found for about a month. She is single and unemployed, according to deputies.

She also knew the owners of the cat.

Deputies have not revealed a motive for the killing of the cat.

"I'm sorry," Guldager said. "I love animals."

But Armstrong says, she doesn't believe that, and adds that she will never understand why this had to happen to her beloved pet.

"She took a life, it may not have been a human life, but by tomorrow we'll get our justice in court, and we'll make sure she stays where she's at, she is not well," said Armstrong.

Investigators at the scene said Guldager had also been mixing chemicals at the house. Those chemicals had been moved to the backyard. Firefighters were called out to check on the chemicals and ensure it was safe to continue the investigation.

Guldager's bail is set at $100,000. She has also been referred for a mental health evaluation.

Clackamas County deputies said if you have any additional tips related to this case or the suspect, call 503-723-4949.

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