Utah cat beating, torture prompts $40K reward offer for info

Xavier Trudeau
Mars 19, 2017

The six-year-old cat named Sage, who was tortured with hot glue, belonged to the Cassel family from Clearfield, which is north of Salt Lake City.

"Our hearts are broken because there is so little we can do", Rose posted on Facebook, including pictures of the badly bruised animal. His whiskers were cut. He went missing March 4th and returned home four days later, according to KSTU. Many brought their dogs and children, and three uniformed Clearfield police officers kept a close watch.

Donations are pouring in to Utah animal rescue groups from concerned people who want to catch whoever fatally beat and tortured a cat with hot glue.

The Humane Society of Northern Utah had initially offered to pay for Sage's veterinary hospital expenses and noted that additional donations were welcome.

She said it's been hard, "for him to not be coming home, or coming outside and just jumping up on our laps".

It said in a news release: 'According to the Utah State Criminal Code, it is a third-degree felony for a person to intentionally or knowingly torture a companion animal'.

Dr. Frank Ascione echoes the same statement.

A spokeswoman says the PETA billboard will go up in Clearfield once a location is selected.

On Sunday, more than 150 people gathered in support of Sage's family, and to raise awareness about animal abuse.

"We were hysterical and just in tears", Cassel said, after Sage somehow managed to crawl his way back home after being abused.

"The correlation between violence toward animals and violence toward people is now firmly established", he said.

Anyone with information regarding Sage's case is urged to call Davis County Animal Services at 801-444-2200 or John Fox, HSU chief investigator at 801-261-2919 ext. 210.

Donations made online at utahhumane.org/donations are tax-deductible and will be rolled over to help future animal welfare cases and deserving animals in need if not claimed.

Bailey wasn't sure how much money is already in the fund, but said it'll be used for reward money in other cases, to cover medical bills and long-term rehabilitation for animals who survive abuse, and toward memorial costs for those who don't make it. Tips can remain anonymous.

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