After receiving over $63,000.00 in reward money, hundreds of “strong leads”, plus weeks and weeks of being reassured by the Davis County Animal Care and Control, Clearfield Police Department, the Humane Society of Utah, and the Humane Society of Northern Utah we have now received official notification that the case is now officially closed on the worst case of animal abuse they have ever seen.
They apparently have a suspect with enough evidence to request a lie detector test but unfortunately the Clearfield Police have walked away in defeat and as much as admitted they don’t have the interest or intestinal fortitude to pursue any further. It is clear they hate it and don’t know what to do when a suspect doesn’t cooperate and says to go away and don’t bother me any more.
I guess they will have to wait until he does the same thing to a kid down the street before they ask again.
What I have heard about the reward fund is that if there is no conviction the Humane Society of Utah will keep the money but I have seen no donor list, accounting, or statement of what the ultimate disposition of the funds will be. The money will certainly will not be returned to the donors that expected a thorough and professional investigation into a heart wrenching torture and ultimate murder of a helpless pet.
Update………..concerning the reward fund.
As a contributor to the Sage Reward Fund, I do not recall a disclosure statement at the time I made the donation concerning the ultimate disposition of my donation if there was no conviction. I even called and talked to a representative about how to make certain my donation was applied specifically to the Sage Reward Fund. If I had received a disclosure statement prior to my donation, I might have reconsidered and donated to another fund or no-kill shelter locally. I have been informed there have been subsequent statements by the HSU concerning the fund after many people challenged use of the funds for the investigation but these statements were at a later date.
I am also open to discussion with the HSU concerning the reward fund, HSU statements concerning the hundreds of good strong leads the fund was generating, efforts toward assisting the law enforcement community, public statements concerning the Sage investigation, and any future plans for vigil(s), media statements, etc. that the HSU has planned. There was a vigil held for Sage on June 10, 2017 and HSU with media attendance would certainly have been welcomed.
I don’t know if I speak for others but I feel that I was constantly inundated with false positives especially when we were assured that the HSU hired a special investigator and contributing to reward fund would surely yield positive results. Speaking for myself, I don’t believe that there was $63,000.00 worth of effort and would like some sort of accountability.
If there is a donor list available as some have suggested, I would certainly like to receive a copy for review.
Sage’s torture and murder is an emotional issue for all. Let’s make certain that we use all resources and exert all necessary effort to uncover the person responsible.
You have the option of contacting me in the comments or by email and I welcome the opportunity to open a discussion.