Another possible case of animal abuse in Sage's neighborhood? This has to stop

Friday , April 14, 2017 - 4:30 AM

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Just a few weeks ago, someone tortured in Clearfield tortured a cat named Sage.

Sage made it home, but the gray and white tabby died March 9, the following day.

Now authorities say they found a second injured cat in the same neighborhood.

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It may be another case of animal abuse, according to investigators.

If Sage’s death didn’t convince you to protect your pets, you can no longer afford to wait; Sage’s killer is still at large, and your animal could be next — no matter where you live in Northern Utah.

Someone found an injured orange tabby March 29, officials with Davis County Animal Care and Control said in a news release.

In order to “ensure the integrity of the investigation,” officials declined to describe the cat’s injuries. But they believe the cat was hurt near 500 East and Lynnwood Drive in Clearfield — just blocks away from the home where Sage lived.

Even so, investigators said, they don’t have evidence linking the two cases.

That’s not especially comforting. Because instead of a single sociopath on the loose, there may be two.

Sadly, everything about Sage’s horrific death remains true today. Starting with his killer.

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Studies link animal abuse to violent crime. Today, your teenager, neighbor or boyfriend may be torturing cats. But you, a child or an elderly parent could become the next victim.

If concern for others’ lives doesn’t move you, perhaps money will. The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sage’s killer is more than $60,000.

In the latest case, it’s three grand.

Officials say they expect the second cat to live, but they don’t know who owns it. If you’re missing an orange tabby, about a year old with medium-length hair, call 801-444-2200.

Which raises another important point: Watch your pets.

This may be another abuse case, it may not. But whoever killed Sage is still out there and, as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals points out, abusers are opportunists.

A criminal tortured and killed Sage. Then, less than a month later, someone abused a second cat in the same neighborhood.

At least that’s the way it looks.

Someone knows who’s responsible. Turn them in now, before another innocent animal suffers.

Or worse.

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