Man stabs several veterinarians after his cat dies (video)By Mason White 5:14 PM October 12, 2014
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A man who became extremely distraught when his cat died, went on a stabbing rampage, police in Washington said.
Bellingham Police said that they arrested 57-year-old Charles Anthony Smith, after he blamed the veterinarians for his pet’s death.
The cat was treated at the Fountain Veterinary Hospital for urinary tract problems about a month ago.
Smith learned that another clinic in the city, Maplewood Animal Hospital, specializes in urinary problems so he started taking the cat there.
Earlier this week, the cat died. Smith entered the animal hospital located at 2869 W. Maplewood Avenue, around 8:15 a.m. on Thursday.
He pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed one of the veterinarians, a 20-year-old woman. She suffered a cut on one of her thumbs and a small wound on her upper chest, but did not need emergency treatment.
The vet grabbed away the knife from Smith, and ran to the rear of the building. Smith pulled out a second knife and swung it at desk clerks as he fled the building.
He got into his white van and left. About 10 minutes later, the same white van arrived at 2430 Meridian Street.
Smith walked into Fountain Veterinary Hospital, and stabbed one of the employees, a young woman, in the neck. When police arrived, Smith had already left.
Just before 9:00 a.m., a police officer stopped Smith on East Bakerview Road near James Street. He confessed to the stabbings and said that he had been on his way to the police station to surrender.
Smith faces two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.