This is about a trusted 19 year old house guest who had been staying at the Clowards’ home for 6 months. His name is Jordan Linquist.
There are two cats in the family. Shadow who is black and another cat we don’t know much about. Shadow was so badly tortured by the ‘nice’ house guest through punching and shaking that the police said that if Shadow had been a child he would quite probably have been killed. That is an interesting if very sad observation; cats are more resilient than babies. The video shows the appalling behavior. I don’t expect anyone to watch it. I watched 10 seconds of it. The cat’s caretaker can’t watch it.
The baby monitor (an internal video camera to keep an eye on what is happening in the home) was set up by Shadow’s caretakers because Shadow was starting to ‘behave strangely’ and they had taken Shadow to the vets on a number of occasions.
The camera images were relayed live to Mr Cloward so he was able to watch the streamed video remotely. He saw his ‘friend’ beating up his cat and called him immediately.
Jordan answered the phone as if nothing untoward was happening. Mr Cloward, furious at what he had seen, demanded that he stop harming Shadow. Jordan’s response was (a) to shout back (b) to look for the video camera and (c) to leave the house immediately afterwards.
He was picked up by the police, arrested and is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty. He posted a $5,000 bond to be released from Utah County Jail.
I guess the moral here is that you can’t trust a friend who you have allowed to stay at your home and who is cat-sitting effectively. It makes you think.