In Wake of Cat Torture Case, PETA Places Billboard Urging People to Keep Cats Indoors

Allowing Cats to Roam Puts Them in Grave Danger, Group Warns

For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Clearfield, Utah – On March 8, a cat named Sage, who had been missing for days, reportedly returned home with extensive injuries, including broken ribs and toes, facial wounds, and hot glue burns on his eyes, anus, and genitals. He died at a veterinary hospital the next day, and officials have yet to make any arrests in connection with the case.

To help protect other cats from enduring similar abuse, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is placing a billboard urging everyone to keep cats indoors.

In addition to being tortured and killed by cruel people, cats who are allowed to roam outdoors risk being hit by cars, being poisoned, contracting fatal diseases, becoming lost, and being snatched up by “bunchers”—people who steal dogs and cats and sell them for use in experiments—among many other dangers.

“The horrific abuse that Sage endured is a reminder that it’s never safe to let our companion animals outdoors unattended, even for ‘just a minute,'” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Cats count on us to protect them, and the best way to do that is by keeping them safe indoors with the rest of the family.”

PETA also points out that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often repeat their crimes and go on to commit violent acts against fellow humans. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Davis County Animal Services at 801-444-2200.

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