Provo man accused of torturing and burning a live kitten

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A disturbing investigation in Provo, Utah has led to the arrest of a 26-year-old man now facing felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly torturing and burning a live kitten. According to a news release posted Thursday on the Facebook page of the Provo Police, Spencer Jens Pedersen, was booked into the Utah County Jail on Wednesday in connection with the investigation of three felony counts of cruelty to animals, torture of a companion animal and misdemeanor drug charges. Authorities state he may have killed or tortured as many as 11 cats and kittens.

The investigation began on October 15, when officers went to Pedersen’s home near 1300 N. 300 W and found a kitten on fire in the gutter. The kitten was alive, but later had to be euthanized because of its suffering. Neighbors stated they had seen the suspect in possession of kittens and roughly handling them. One of the neighbors told police he had seen dead kittens in Pedersen’s dog run.

After authorities obtained a search warrant, they found another dead cat in the trash along with trace amounts of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

“That cat was taken to a vet and found to have broken back legs, broken jaw and blown ear drums. The vet stated that the injuries were that of blunt force trauma,” the affidavit stated.

According to Fox13 News, police think Pedersen had been finding the kittens online stating this is one of the worst cases of animal abuse they have seen. Pedersen even had a picture of one of the dead kittens on his phone. Investigators have linked Pedersen to a November 6 incident involving abuse of another cat in the same area. 

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    • pennysdachshund says:

      Maybe they could get Clint Eastwood to come to Utah and do a follow up the one of his famous movies… “HANG HIM HIGH” This Puke doesn’t have any gonads so they will have to use the neck!

  1. maxiemom says:

    Craigslist, anyone? So they think he’s been finding them online? OF COURSE HE HAS!!! Craigslist REFUSES to stop allowing people to advertise their pets as ‘free to a good home’: in the meantime, we keep seeing cases like this on a regular basis with heaven knows how many others out there that remain undiscovered. Freecycle and craigslist are as responsible for this as the murdering piece of filth himself for making it so easy. LOOK AT HIM!!! He has dead eyes, yet the ignorant a***s still gave him their pets rather than do the decent and humane thing of taking them to a shelter. Cases like this need to be treated as ‘an eye for an eye justice’ type because this is a monster, not a human. There is no going back, and when and if he gets out, he will only do it again.

  2. pennysdachshund says:

    His Dad is probably a Deacon or Something important in the Mormon Church and will get him off with the 90% Mormon Legal System that pretty much Runs the Whole STATE of UTAH!!!!! Also probably brought up as a Rich KID who got everything , but everything was not Enough!!! Look at the Smirk on His Face!!! He isn’t worried ONE BIT about the trouble he is IN….


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