Reward currently at $28,000+ after cruelly tortured Utah cat succumbed to his injuries

UPDATE: REWARD INCREASED to $42,600 as of 8 p.m. EST March 11.

Further update 13th March: Reward now $47,000

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First the news, then the story. Posted today on the Humane Society of Utah Facebook page.

Reward up to $28,000 for Utah cat tortured to death
Reward up to $42,600 for Utah cat tortured to death

UPDATE: Sage has tragically passed away. Today around 4:45 pm, he quickly went downhill and AVC performed CPR to do everything they could to save him.

The Humane Society of Utah’s mission is to eliminate pain, fear and suffering in all animals, so when we heard about the heinous torture poor little Sage endured and the suffering inflicted, our hearts broke.

We thank The Humane Society of Northern Utah for taking donations to cover medical expenses for Sage. Although the Humane Society of Northern Utah is a separate organization from The Humane Society of Utah, we came together for the same cause. Any donations that HSNU received will pay for the care given and a respectful cremation, with any extra going to care for other deserving animals in need.

Thank you to Advanced Veterinary Care (AVC) for treating Sage. We know they did everything possible to ease his pain.

Our deepest condolences to Sage’s family and friends. We will never forget Sage and will not give up trying to find the culprit and bring them to justice.”

A heartbreaking video telling what happened to Sage can be found by clicking here. VERY VERY GRAPHIC. Six-year old Sage had been fighting for his life after China Cassel’s sister found him Wednesday morning. Last Saturday Sage never came home. He somehow managed to crawl home (he couldn’t walk or meow) and the family quickly saw the most horrific abuse imaginable as he dragged himself through the doggy door and collapsed.

Man living with cat’s owner in family home tortured Sage the cat

Someone had taken Sage, who suffered blunt force trauma, burns and cuts all over his body, smashed paws, and glue all over his body. He may also have had glue injected into his body. His whiskers were cut, his fur shaved and his ribs snapped.

The Humane Society of Utah originally planned to use donations to treat Sage, but when he passed away they decided to contribute the funds to the reward to help catch his killer.

Sage lived in Clearfield, Utah and the Humane Society of Utah hopes the reward will encourage Davis County Animal Services to obtain information that will help them charge the monster responsible.

Please share with everyone, especially with those in the Clearfield, Utah area

According to the Utah State Criminal Code, the intentional torture of a companion animal, including “inflicting extreme physical pain … in an especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or exceptionally depraved manner,” is a third-degree felony.

Money talks and someone is likely out there bragging about how Sage was tortured.  Donations are tax-deductible. Click here if you want to contribute to the reward. If for some reason it is not claimed, the funds will roll over to assist in future cases of animal welfare.

Kiwanis Park in Clearfield Utah is where a candlelight memorial for Sage will be held Sunday at 4 pm. Please, please come and support Sage. It would be an honor to have Sage’s Facebook support team come and make his name shine brighter than ever. If you choose to come please bring your own candle. You can pick some up at the dollar store or nearest super market. Sage has an army of supporters out to catch his killer, but in the meantime, we need to honor his life.

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14 thoughts on “Reward currently at $28,000+ after cruelly tortured Utah cat succumbed to his injuries”

  1. Is there anything new on this case? This has troubled me for all these months, and I cannot believe that someone has not come forward to collect that reward. I simply cannot believe it.

    1. This case had been rumbling on for about a year and you may know that at the moment a private detective has stepped up to the plate on the instructions of a Facebook group seeking justice in this matter. It has gone quiet for a while now. There were two other cats that have been tortured as well in the district so it seems that there is a serial Killer out there in the area but we are none the wiser regarding names and a prosecution does not seem to be on the horizon. Thanks Carol.

  2. So what is the current status of this case? With a reward that great, I can scarcely believe someone has not been turned in yet.

    1. This case is languishing in the mire. No one took the reward. The police have abandoned it and a private investigator is messing around. So far no one has been caught and DNA tests are being carried out on Sage’s collar. People sort of know who might have done it but have no proof.

      1. Incredible! I pray that even two viable human cells appear on the collar. But then, I assume there would have to be DNA belonging to the monster already in a database… unless a judge could order a DNA test performed on the person of interest.

        Because there is “no honor among thieves”, I pray whoever knows who committed this horrific act opts for the hefty reward.

        1. Yes, we hope the monster is on the police database or they can take DNA from the suspect who I believe lived in the house where Sage was tortured.

  3. My daughter thinks it’s a teen boy who got ahold of his mom’s glue gun. We’ll hear about him once he kills someone.

      1. Elisa Black-Taylor

        I’m very sure my phone messenger will go ping ping ping ping ping once an arrest is made. I’ll be keeping an eye out, especially since I won’t be sleeping much for the next week or so with this tough work schedule.

  4. Sad Sad & Sadistic____
    What monsters these abusers are. I also believe as does Julie_that poor little Sage could not have traveled very far at all from the evil culprits in his severe condition, and I hope they hang for the horrible cruelty they inflicted on him.

    Eva- {Oh yes I hope they hang from the nearest available tree}

  5. Elisa Black-Taylor

    My apologies for writing this one so fast but I wanted to get the word out about the reward and give everyone time to share. Sometimes a fast posting is more important than skilled writing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the reward hit $50,000 before the weekend is out.

    1. I agree Elisa. Speed can sometimes be more important than aesthetics. It it about getting it down on paper asap.

  6. This is heartbreaking and so horribly cruel. I was praying for Sage yesterday, shortly after I read about this on Joe the Cat’s page.
    Sadly, Sage did not make it. I hope that they find and prosecute whoever committed this crime, to he fullest extent. Prayers for Sage and his family.

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