In October 2017 I shared the news that the collar that Sage was wearing when he was found was going to be DNA tested.
There was an expectation that it could provide vital evidence because the collar did not belong to the family and it had been speculated that it was used to control Sage while he was being tortured. Apparently it is a black collar.
Jensen Investigations were involved in getting the DNAtest and funds were raised online for the purpose. Jensen announced it on Facebook:
There should have been some news on this by now or have I missed it? Does anyone know what happened to the DNA testing of this collar?
A need for progress
I hate to say it but the wonderful efforts of the Justice for Sage team are failing to produce results and it is not for want of trying. It is just that it is a very hard case to crack. These cat cruelty cases are. It is about evidence and the lack of it. There is often – nearly always – a lack of witnesses and evidence. As the months go by the case becomes colder and the chance of success fades.
I tend to go back to basics
I like to go to basics and the beginning of the story. Sage was found inside the cat flap. He was badly injured and as I recall it was unlikely he could have got there unaided. This begged the question whether someone in the house injured him in the house and put him there. Or someone put him through the cat flap. I have been told that the idea that someone in the house torture Sage is (1) a good possibility and (2) highly speculative and/or a non-starter. Perhaps my gut is misleading me badly but the initial evidence of Sage lying their near the cat flap points to someone in the house being the criminal. But this aspect of the case I feel is crucial.
It is highly unusual to find a tortured cat inside the home and not believe that the suspect was in the home at the time. I’ve read many cases of cat cruelty and when the cat is found in the home the crime happened in the home. And if this is an exception as Jensen says then my gut also tells me the perpetrator knows the people who were in the home at the time. Is it worthwhile going back to basics and reviewing the initial findings and suspects? Can we see the police papers? Who did they interview? I’d love to know more. I am a good detective.