Sage didn't deserve to be tortured. Neither does his family, PETA

Wednesday , March 15, 2017 - 5:00 AM7 comments

STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD

OK, PETA. You make a legitimate point — to protect their cats, families should keep them inside.

But do you have to put up a billboard in Clearfield, where someone tortured Sage the cat, leaving him to die?

Do you need to erect a reminder of Sage’s horrific death where his family will see it every day?

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Someone broke Sage’s paws, crushed his ribs, shaved his whiskers and tortured him with a glue gun. Miraculously, the gray and white tabby found his way home Wednesday, March 8, but he died the following day in a Salt Lake City animal hospital.

Dozens of people attended a Sunday, May 12, vigil for Sage in Clearfield, where his family announced that the reward for information about his death surpassed $47,000.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted a news release about its planned Clearfield billboard Monday.

“The horrific abuse that Sage endured is a reminder that it’s never safe to let our companion animals outdoors unattended, even for ‘just a minute,'” Vice President Colleen O’Brien said on peta.org. “Cats count on us to protect them, and the best way to do that is by keeping them safe indoors with the rest of the family.”

Allowing your cat outside exposes them to any number of risks, PETA points out — they can be hit by cars, poisoned, and stolen by “bunchers,” who sell pets for experiments.

No animal deserves to suffer at the hands of a sociopath, the way Sage did.

But as described, the PETA billboard effectively blames Sage’s family for his death instead of whoever tortured him, and that isn’t fair. Nor does it address the real problem.

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Sage’s killer is still out there, possibly stealing other Northern Utah pets — even from their own fenced yards — and torturing them, too.

Or, worse, planning a bigger thrill. Like attacking a child.

If you really want to help, PETA, put up a billboard delivering this simple message: Animal abuse is a crime. And supplement it with this: Finding whoever killed Sage is worth nearly $50,000.

Put it outside Ogden. Put it outside Farmington. Put it outside Salt Lake City, where tens of thousands of commuters will see it every weekday.

Just don’t put up the billboard you originally planned in Clearfield. Sage’s family doesn’t deserve the torture.

TURN THEM IN

• Anyone with information about Sage’s death can contact Davis County Animal Services at 801-444-2200 or John Fox, Humane Society of Utah chief investigator, at 801-261-2919, ext. 210. The reward is more than $47,000.

• If you have information about Cinnamon’s killing, contact Detective Josh Taylor of the Roy Police Department at 801-629-8221. You can also call John Fox, HSU’s chief investigator, at 801-261-2919, ext. 210. The reward is $10,000.

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