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Affidavit: Portland man drowned his husband's cat, told police 'I killed Patches'

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The day after admitting he killed his husband's cat, a Portland man is accused of threatening his husband by saying, "you know how easy it would be for me to snuff you out while you are asleep," according to court documents.

Police responded to an apartment on the 700 block of Southwest St. Clair Avenue on Sunday.

Court documents state a man had been threatened twice by his husband, but he did not believe the threats were credible until after the suspect, identified as 60-year-old Joseph Coulombe, killed his cat.

The victim in this case said he went out to run errands on Saturday, and when he returned, his 22-year-old cat named Patches was missing.

A probable cause affidavit states the man asked Coulombe what happened and Coulombe admitted drowning the cat in their bathtub and then putting the cat's body in two plastic bags and throwing it down the third-story garbage chute.

Due to the large volume of trash that had accumulated, police were not able to locate the cat's body, according to court documents.

When questioned about the cat, court documents state Coulombe told officers, "I killed Patches" and said drowning the animal was the humane thing to do because the cat was old.

A probable cause affidavit states Coulombe denied ever threatening his husband.

The affidavit states Coulombe's husband told investigators that several weeks earlier Coulombe had slammed a knife into a cutting board and said, "you know how easy it would be to kill you?"

Coulombe was arrested and booked in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of animal abuse, aggravated animal abuse and menacing-domestic violence.

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