Man stealing, mutilating cats caught

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MESA, Ariz. – A man who allegedly terrorized a Mesa neighborhood for weeks by abducting and killing their cats is finally in police custody.

The suspect, 39-year-old Scott Andrew Graham, is accused of stealing and mutilating cats in a Mesa neighborhood. 

Graham is charged with theft, mistreatment of animals and two counts of cruelty to animals.

Neighbour Ben Smith spotted a suspicious vehicle Monday night that he had seen in the neighborhood before, and decided to follow it and get its license plate number, police said.

A patrol officer found the home that the car was registered to and found out the suspect lives in the home with relatives, but he was not there at the time. When Graham returned home, he admitted to officers that he had taken 30 to 40 cats from the area. He denied harming the cats, he told police he only played with them and released them somewhere else.

Based on evidence at the home and in Graham’s vehicle, and surveillance video from the neighborhood, police found probable cause to arrest him.

Back on August 8, surveillance video showed a figure snatching a cat perched on his owner’s SUV. The cat was found killed days later. More and more cats continued to disappear in the neighborhood.

Trish Ferguson’s cat Lil Bit went missing in April.

“That is unbelievable, and just knowing he probably tortured her. It’s not fair it’s not right… it’s been very difficult, she was our baby she was part of the family.

As more and more cats went missing and neighbors had suspicions there was foul play, neighbourhood block watch captain Ben Smith knew something had to be done.

The past three weeks me and a couple of neighbors have been patrolling all hours of the night,” says Smith. Monday night, the patrols paid off.

Turns out that Smith saw the suspect and his vehicle in the neighborhood while on his bicycle once before, but the suspect threw a cat out the window and got away.

According to court paperwork, the evidence that police found in Graham’s vehicle was cat hair, blood, and the trunk smelled of “dead animal.”

Follow this story: Reward grows in cat mutilation case

News Link:-http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/19449740/man-stealing-mutilating-cats-caught

Animal Cruelty in New York: 8 Feral Kittens Killed

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Animal cruelty authorities are seeking swift arrest of a perpetrator for the murder and abuse of eight feral kittens.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a sadistic kitten killer, who first abused the kittens and then brutally murdered them, initially was $4,000, but today, based on how brutally the kittens were killed, the reward has been raised to $6,000, according to the Guardians of Rescue’s Facebook Page.

The animal abuse took place between May 3 and May 4 in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, on Long Island, New York.

According to an item recently published on CBS New York, authorities are trying to find the person who is responsible for this heinous act of animal cruelty. The eight dead kittens were discovered last week by a woman, identified only as Lori, who was caring for a colony of feral cats and kittens in Bohemia.

Frank Floridia, an animal worker from Guardians of Rescue said Lori discovered the eight kittens, who had been taken away from the feral cat colony and subsequently mutilated. The kittens ranged from 3 days old to 3 weeks-of-age.

Floridia said the kittens were “stepped on, crushed and beaten with some kind of tool that caused puncture wounds.” Following the veterinary examination, according to Floridia, the veterinarian concluded their injuries were not in any way caused by wildlife.

The veterinarian ascertained that all the kittens had died from massive skull traumas and blunt force body injuries. He added, “To come here and see something like this is just an outrage. . . I would love to see this person caught, convicted and put in jail.

Guardians of Rescue reported that Chaps and Midnight, the kittens’ mothers, have been searching desperately for their babies. Lori said she “found the two mothers huddling together, very frantic.”

Adding to the mystery about the reason these eight feral kittens were so brutally killed, Guardians of Rescue reported that the surrounding community had welcomed and were enjoying the kittens, with no threats made concerning the feral colony.

In an attempt to draw greater attention to the case, Guardians of Rescue uploaded graphic photographs of the murdered kittens on their Facebook page, and will be publishing regular updates on the situation.

Anyone who has any information about this heinous act of animal cruelty, please call the SPCA hotline at 1-631-382-7722, contact Guardians of Rescue at 1-888-287-3864, or email info@guardiansofrescue.org.]

News Link:-http://www.petside.com/article/animal-cruelty-new-york-8-feral-kittens-killed

Mutilated kitten corpses found behind Orange Park apartment complex

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The mutilated remains of four kittens were discovered Saturday night behind the Holly Cove Apartments at 1745 Wells Road in Orange Park, the apparent victim of animal cruelty, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Orange Park animal rescue volunteer Terran Coburn showed deputies the kittens, which had their legs cut off and their bodies cut in half; only part of each kitten’s remains were found. She said a deputy told her that they had not been mutilated by a wild animal, but by people.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and never in my life have I seen this. I saw this four kittens, but only three heads,” said Coburn, a volunteer with First Coast No More Homeless Pets. “I was really mad. … How gross that people could do this to these kittens. These babies — their little arms were no bigger than my little finger.”

Clay County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Mary Justino said the department has investigated serious cases of animal cruelty in the past, like the August arrest of a 12-year-old Orange Park boy on felony animal cruelty charges after he mutilated and killed ponies, goats and chickens in a Tanglewood Boulevard stable. That boy was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in a juvenile facility after he pleaded guilty in September.

Investigators went door to door at the complex Saturday afternoon to see if anyone had seen the animal mutilation. One neighbor said he saw a group of teenage boys hanging out around a pond at the north end of the complex, while another saw the cut-up corpses at the bottom of the complex’s stairs, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

Coburn said police took evidence photographs, then gave her the remains, which she buried in Middleburg.

She said she plans to catch the kittens’ mother and “get her out of there.”

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-04-16/story/mutilated-kitten-corpses-found-behind-orange-park-apartment-complex#ixzz1sFUBsFa0

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