Reward nears $50,000 for information about cruelty to Sage the cat

The Humane Society of Northern Utah crowd sourced nearly $50,000 as a reward for information  leading to the conviction of the person or people who tortured Sage, a family cat, in Clearfield last week. In an emotional gathering of people at Kiwanis Park last Sunday, more than a 100 people came out to pay their respects to the family of the six-year-old cat brutally tortured. But the gathering meant more, and according to KutvNews, residents in the area fear the person(s) involved might do this again:

“There’s just been a lot of people from day one who have been so awesome in sharing their support. And I think the community feels for our situation. They have a lot of animals in the community as well, and I think a lot of them are worried for their animals as well…” stated Ron Estes.

Sage, was found on March 8, badly beaten, with broken paws and ribs, eyes swollen shut and his whiskers cut.  The friendly gray and white tabby died the following day.

“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, president of the Humane Society of Northern Utah, in a news release. “This is the worst abuse case I have ever seen.”

The Humane Society of Northern Utah continues to accept donations on Sage’s behalf:

“Though many people feel the reward is “excessive” for an animal abuse case, there is a proven link between abusing an animal and domestic abuse, or worse. The individual(s) involved are in need of counseling, before the problem increases, potentially involving people.”

Read more about this heartbreaking story here.

Photo of Sage via Facebook.

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  1. Nancy Raymond
    Nancy Raymond says:

    That reward is certainly large enough to entice someone to come forward and turn the bastard(s) that got their sick kicks by torturing an innocent defenseless cat. ANYONE who does this to any animal should just bypass the crappy justice system (which will to do little to nothing) and take these maggots right to the wood chipper. Their punishment deserves to equal what that put Sage through – a slow painful death. I have 0 empathy for animal abusers – they are gutless cowards who would run crying for Mommy if confronted by someone their own size. I’d love five minutes with these hunks of sewer slime.

  2. Kathleen Drude
    Kathleen Drude says:

    The thing or things have to be punished for what they did to Sage! As for the reward being excessive who decided what a reward should be? This poor cat went thru hell! The terror the pain! Why?

  3. maxiemom
    maxiemom says:

    The people who feel this is “excessive” had better get a clue! There’s a MONSTER walking around in their midst, who has done this BEFORE, is probably doing it NOW, and will CONTINUE to do it until caught! If those assholes think this vermin will stop at family pets they need to THINK AGAIN. Anyone capable of this kind of evil and malicious violence against another living creature will NOT stop at animals: sooner or later, his next victim will become human beings! Those cold hearted jerks also need to understand that Sage was part of a FAMILY, and viewed as a FAMILY MEMBER, and probably as much a part of the family as a child.

    In other words, they need to screw off. That attitude is part of the problem.

    Too bad the evil scum won’t get the true punishment that monster deserves when found. What i wouldn’t give if it were possible, because it would be the only true justice for Sage.

  4. Barkley's Mom
    Barkley's Mom says:

    The reward is excessive for an animal abuse case since if caught the person that did this will most likely get away with a slap on the wrist. Where are people’s consciences, they shouldn’t need a “reward” for coming forward and turning in the monster or monsters that did this! . Here’s hoping this reward works, here’s hoping Sage and his family get some sort of justice out of this. Someone knows who did this and they need to come clean!

  5. Judy
    Judy says:

    Throw the book at these people when you find them, and do exactly the same to them. I really hope you find them soon. RIP precious Sage.

  6. ellen cottone
    ellen cottone says:

    Future serial killer on the grow.
    Young perverted future human kidnapper and torchor growing in the neighbor hood.
    Presentally working animal suffering and gaining confidence and evil skills, perfecting evil skills.
    Missing animal and found animals parts have been part of this community for some time now.
    Do the math.
    With 100 people gathering. Time for data entry. how many people of the 100 have lost pets? spread sheet.
    When did they start loosing pets. now add 6- to 8yrs (my inner voice screams add 8, add 8!! ) focus on the spacific age group.
    get a map of the area. Pin point where animals have been found. now the dates. This is the area and age grop you focus on. go door to door. interview every kid away from its parents. inspect: bedroom , attic, basement, garage under porch.
    This creature is so far gone he will not know what to hide. Talk to every kid in that age group. They know who it is.
    So does the creatures parent. I pray for your delivarance. this is really bad. your community is in danger.
    Act now!! The creature is boared and will soon move onto babys in its realm. A young monster walks among you.

  7. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    Omg this is horrific.. Omg, who would do something like that..their evil..I pray their caught..if they will do that to a animal,its just a matter of time before they do this to a human..they new to b caught ..omg..this poor cat suffered.. N they need to suffer

  8. Janie Ledergerber
    Janie Ledergerber says:

    This cat torturer has to be caught because he/she might do this to people !?! To hell with people! People can fight back and it was a people who did this! The little cat could not fight back! $50,000 is not excessive. You can’t put a price on any life! The person/people who did this need to be more than counseled. They need to be locked up forever. They do not belong in society. They are garbage. They need to be disposed of.

  9. Darla
    Darla says:

    This breaks my heart. I can’t begin to imagine the fear and pain that poor Sage went through. As for the $50,000 reward….it is NOT excessive. They need to find the POS who did this…and I would say to do the same to him/her

  10. Red
    Red says:

    This reward IS NOT EXCESSIVE. The scum(s) who did this need to be caught and punished to the very FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW…. preferably by vigilantes who will do everything to them they did to this poor cat. COME ON KARMA…. get them! $50k is enough to make some scum bag turn on their friends who most likely bragged about his horrible torture.

  11. Dorothy Faye Reynolds
    Dorothy Faye Reynolds says:

    Counseling…? Who ever did this knew what they were doing. They need jail time and a good ole Chicago ass kicking…! $50,000 to catch this POS is priceless…!

  12. Tracy Whitcomb
    Tracy Whitcomb says:

    I don’t think the offer is too excessive. You need to find who did this and PUNISH THEM just like they did to this poor little baby.

  13. Diana Bradshaw
    Diana Bradshaw says:


  14. Gates
    Gates says:

    There is a special place in hell for this animal abuser. I still can’t wrap my brain around this cruelty, nor the terror and finally, resignation, this poor cat went through. This honestly hurts my soul.

  15. Sharyn P
    Sharyn P says:

    This/these are psychopaths and counselling don’t work ever. They just find more & more evil and descipable ways and means to add to their modis operandi. Laws across all countries worldwide need to change so that any animal abuse means the death penalty immediatly, without years on deathrow and no bail or parole. Once convicted give the bastards a day and then the green juice, doesn’t matter whether juvenile or adult or gender. Enough is enough. The peoples of this world needs this to happen. Someone who knows how to get a petition to the right Courts & the UN needs to do this please.

  16. Maria De Martinis
    Maria De Martinis says:

    Could possibly be someone close to the family???? It is so unlikely that this sweetheart got out and went FAR away!!! I have 2 cats and they DON’T wander too far!!!!! Look into the family…. they could be “protecting ” someone!!!

  17. susispot
    susispot says:

    The fact the reward is “excessive” is a testament to the love we have for our animals. I personally think the reward fits the crime. This person is a danger to all.

    • pennysdachshund
      pennysdachshund says:

      WELL THIS MONSTER must have a bunch of Loyal Monster Follower’s or does the torture and horrific deeds in a “cloak of secrecy ” so NO ONE KNOWS … Can’t tell me another individual Would Actually be so loyal as to not turn this COMPLETE PSYCHOPATH IN :::: THEY are a TED Bundy and Twilight Killer combined:::::: Whom ever did this NEEDS to be removed from Society!!!

  18. Deanna Lynn Denis
    Deanna Lynn Denis says:

    If you look at the map of where the city is … there are some VERY remote, surrounding areas. It could be that no one heard or saw anything. Tragically, it may have to happen again before they find the monster who did this.


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