Man pleads guilty to domestic violence and punching, slapping cat

PORTLAND, Ore. - A 20-year-old Portland man pleaded guilty to two charges after investigators became suspicious he was assaulting his girlfriend while they were also investigating him for animal abuse.

Travis Warner-Tamerius of Southeast Portland pleaded guilty to fourth-degree domestic violence assault and first-degree aggravated animal abuse.

"Cases like this remind us that we too often see violence against animals going hand-in-hand with violence against people," said Oregon Humane Society executive director Sharon Harmon.

An investigation in March found the cat, which belonged to Warner-Tamerius' then-girlfriend, in bad shape. Warner-Tamerius confessed to repeatedly slapping and punching the cat, according to the humane society.

The cat spent seven days in intensive care before it was able to eat again.

An OHS veterinarian concluded "the injuries this cat suffered were likely traumatic in nature, the result of one or multiple strikes or blows to the head and face ... the swelling and possible neurological impairment were significantly painful and prevented the cat from being able to eat or drink."

While investigators were on the case, they found evidence of domestic violence against Warner-Tamerius' girlfriend and reported it to the Portland Police Bureau.

The woman relinquished the tabby after it was treated and it has since been adopted.

Warner-Tamerius' sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.