Brutal torture of Clearfield cat, $5,000 reward offered

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MURRAY, UTAH (March 8, 2017) -- Humane Society of Utah adds a reward for arrest in extreme torture case of pet cat


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is adding a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the torture of a 6-year-old gray and white domestic cat named Sage in the Clearfield, Utah area. Owner China Rose posted graphic photos of Sage on Facebook March 8, 2017, with a detailed description of the abuse. The HSU hopes the reward assists Davis County Animal Services in obtaining information required to identify and charge whoever is responsible for this gruesome and brutal act of animal cruelty.


The Humane Society of Northern Utah has offered to cover the veterinary hospital expenses for Sage. Donations may be sent to the Humane Society of Northern Utah (HSNU) at 801-603-1905 or Advanced Veterinary Care in Salt Lake City, Utah at 801-942-3951.


“They broke his ribs, his little toes, beat his face, glued his eyes shut, tried to glue his penis and anus shut, burned him with hot glue, and put silicone on him,” said  Debbie Barnes, HSNU president. “This is the worst abuse case I have ever seen.”


According to China Rose in her Facebook post, Sage was found Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 a.m. with cut whiskers, shaved fur and signs of torture. Sage was wearing a black collar that did not belong to the Rose family.


“What we saw broke our hearts,” said China Rose on her Facebook post. “He was beaten, and he was totured [sic]. His whiskers were cut. His fur was shaved. His face was beaten. His ribs are snapped. His paws are broken. He can't walk. He can't speak. He was totured [sic] with hot glue. As well as with silicone. His eyes are swollen shut. He is hurting. He came home with a black collar on that didn't belong to us. How he made it home, will never make sense. But the fact that he found his way home to us, indicates how strong Sage is. He is a fighter. Our hearts are broken because there is so little we can do. ”


“This gratuitous torture of a cat has us at a loss for words,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “It is disgusting and frightening that someone or some people would intentionally cause this much pain and injury to a helpless creature. As one of the most extreme cases of animal torture we’ve seen, we hope that someone will come forward with information to hold the person responsible for their actions and remove them from the community before they cause any further harm.”


HSU recommends pet owners keep their cats indoors to prevent the risk of outdoor injuries from occurring.


According to the Utah State Criminal Code, it is a third-degree felony for a person to intentionally or knowingly torture a companion animal. Torture is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing or inflicting extreme physical pain to an animal in an especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or exceptionally depraved manner.


Anyone with information regarding who may be responsible for the torture of Sage is urged to contact Davis County Animal Services at 801-444-2200 and tips can remain anonymous, or John Fox, HSU chief investigator, at 801-261-2919 ext. 210.