Woman allegedly threatened officer over animal cruelty citation

An Oak Harbor woman was recently arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a police officer who cited her for animal cruelty, according to court documents.

On Feb, 18, Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill found probable cause existed to believe 69-year-old Sheila M. Watkins committed the crime of harassment — threats to kill.

The judge set Watkins’ bail at $2,500 and ordered that she received an evaluation by a mental health professional to determine if she should be committed to a mental health facility for treatment.

According to a police report, an Oak Harbor veterinarian reported that she talked to a woman who told her she was going to make a list of people she was going to kill and that a certain Oak Harbor police officer was going to be at the top of the list.

The police officer had cited her for animal cruelty for unsanitary conditions at her home, which was covered in animal feces, the report states.

Watkins said she was upset because the officer said he might take her dog away from her.

Watkins told the veterinarian that she hopes if she had a psychotic break that she would kill people who wronged her instead of random strangers, the report states.

The officers returned to Watkins’ home and found that it was still covered with dog feces and had an overwhelming smell, the report states.

The officers arrested Watkins and took her dog to the vet office.

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