Sage’s Story

Sage’s Story

The Torture and Killing of a Cat Named Sage in Clearfield Utah

What happened to Sage is inexplicable.

The 6-year-old feline, belonging to a family in Clearfield, Utah, was tortured, beaten, his eyes sealed shut with hot glue before succumbing to his injuries hours later on March 9.

“They broke his ribs, his little toes, beat his face, glued his eyes shut, tried to glue his penis and anus shut, burned him with hot glue, and put silicone on him,” said Debbie Barnes, Human Society of Northern Utah president. “This is the worst abuse case I have ever seen.”

What began as a $5,000 reward for catching the person or persons responsible for the heinous act, has now reached over $60,000, as the horrific details of the cat’s story have outraged many across social media and beyond.

Sadly, on March 9, Sage, who was being treated at Advanced Veterinary Care (AVC), took a turn for the worse, and died from his injuries (an attempt to revive him with CPR proved unsuccessful).

“This gratuitous torture of a cat has us at a loss for words,” said HSU representative Deann Shepherd. “It is disgusting and frightening that someone or some people would intentionally cause this much pain and injury to a helpless creature. As one of the most extreme cases of animal torture we’ve seen, we hope that someone will come forward with information to hold the person responsible for their actions and remove them from the community before they cause any further harm.”

Cruelty to animals is a serious crime in Utah, with “torture” defined by Utah Code as “intentionally or knowingly causing or inflicting extreme physical pain to an animal in an especially heinous, atrocious, cruel, or exceptionally depraved manner.”

The person responsible for Sage’s death is still out there.

Anyone with information regarding Sage’s case is urged to call Davis County Animal Services at 801-444-2200 or John Fox, HSU chief investigator at 801-261-2919 ext. 210. Tips can remain anonymous