$10,000 offered in cat cruelty case

MCSO Sheriff Tom Sheahan

MCSO Sheriff Tom Sheahan

A $10,000 reward is being offered by animal anti-cruelty groups for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for putting a kitten in concrete in Colorado City.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office has been inundated with calls from people who confused the MCSO deputies with officers from the Marshal's Office about a complaint from a Colorado City man who found a kitten encased in concrete on his property in May.

The man, a former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints church member who was said to have been pushed out of the church a decade ago, said he had poured concrete for a horse shelter May 30 and found the kitten stuck inside a pipe the next day. He was able to chisel the concrete off the kitten and brought the animal to the Best Friends Animal Society, where it died a few days later.

The man said he has found dead animals on his property before and believes the kitten was left in retaliation for his criticism of the FLDS church.

The Colorado City Marshal's Office said officers took a report and interviewed several neighbors but tabled the case for lack of leads.

MCSO Sheriff Tom Sheahan said his office would look into the case as well and is partnering with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah and the Humane Society of the United States. They are offering a combined $10,000 reward for information in the case.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Mohave County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-526-1911.

In related news, the Colorado City Acting Town Marshal last week sent out a press release thanking the Sheriff's Office for its interest in keeping the town safe.

The two-line release, sent out by Helaman Barlow, also appears to take a swipe at the Sheriff's Office by suggesting that the office's patrols of Colorado City will have an impact on local safety.

"The town of Colorado City Marshal's Office appreciates Sheriff Tom Sheahan and Attorney General Tom Horne for making it possible for Mohave County Sheriff deputies to assist the Colorado City Marshal's Department in keeping our community and surrounding area safe," Barlow writes. "This is especially remarkable due to the Sheriff being faced with serious budget cuts that could compromise public safety in other areas."

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors on July 2 approved receipt of a $420,00 grant to the Sheriff's Office for additional patrols in Colorado City in response to complaints about the Marshal's Office.