This is a theory and it comes from Ruth in America who is a valued, regular contributor to this website. I think it’s a good theory which is why I’m airing it here.
She believes that Sage, the cat who was brutally tortured and which made headline news across the internet, may have been pushed through the dog door (dog flap) by the person who tortured him. And the person who tortured him may have been in dispute with Sage’s owners. The reason behind the torture may have been to dramatically upset the cat’s owners and send a message. The online papers say that Sage struggled back to his home and climbed through the dog door in one last heroic effort. I am guessing that his owners found him just inside the dog door.
My personal view is that this theory needs to be investigated by the police. Let’s put it this way: the most likely person to have tortured this much loved cat to the point of his death is a neighbour or someone living not too far away and on whose property Sage wandered.
I have read thousands of articles about cats on the internet. Often when a cat is abused the most likely culprit is someone living nearby who hates a cat or cats coming onto their property. A lot of people hate that. It gets them mad as hell.
Therefore, the person who did this may be a neighbour living not too far away; a person who hates cats. Some neighbors may know him. In addition, or alternatively, this person may have a personal grudge against the cat’s owners (the Gomez family) which is unrelated to cats and he wanted to take it out on them.
I would have thought that the police should interview the Gomez family and ask whether there is anybody that they know who has a grudge against them or with whom they are in dispute. I would like to thank Ruth for this theory which enables me to write this short follow-up article. I have added my own thoughts.
P.S. Ruth donated $100 in memory of this brave and loved cat companion. Something good needs to come out of this tragic story.