Murray man accused of trapping kittens with rat traps speaks out

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MURRAY, Utah --  A Murray man is accused of torturing animals after a neighbor found kittens trapped and shoved in his trash can, according to police.

Stephen Lacy was arrested Saturday and charged with five counts of torture of a companion animal.

“I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it,” said Ray Knuteson, who lives next door to Lacy.

Knuteson said he could hear the sound of meowing for hours Saturday morning, but wasn’t sure where it was coming from. He eventually followed it to Lacy’s trash can, where he found two kittens stuck to a sticky rat trap.

“One of them face was stuck down to the pad. It couldn’t breathe,” said Knuteson. “It couldn’t even open its mouth. Its face was stuck down to the pad.”

Knuteson called Murray Police for help, and officers then discovered three other kittens stuck to the rat traps inside a carport on the property.

According to Murray police, Lacy admitted to setting the traps to catch feral cats in the neighborhood. However, on Monday, Lacy denied that to FOX13.

"I did not set the traps to catch kittens, " said Lacy.

He contends he left the traps in his carport to catch rodents he thought were getting inside and destroying property.

"I don't want to do anything to cats or dogs in the first place," Lacy said. "But if we've got mice or rats around we should be able to try to take care of them."

When he found the two kittens on Friday night, Lacy thought they were dead.

"They weren't making any noise when I put them in the garbage, or I wouldn't put them in the garbage," he said.

However, neighbors argue the kittens were clearly alive when they found them.

"It made me sick," Knuteson said.

All five kittens were taken to a nursery for care. They sustained some injuries and had residue from the sticky trap attached to them.


  • Bob

    What a crock. This was the fault of whoever didn’t get their cats fixed. The man was obviously not trying to “trap kittens.”

    Is that what Political Correctness requires now? We have to accept RATS for fear of trapping kittens? Give me a break.

    • Deb

      Bob, I agree with you about where the ultimate blame lies, however he knowingly and intentionally trapped and threw live kittens into a garbage can. Who DOES that?

  • John

    He has cahnged his story. He first said there was a feral cat problem and he was trying to take care of it, now he’s trying to get empathy for himself by saying he was catching rodents. He’s a liar and a psychopath. He knew what he was doing it shows his lack of humanity.

  • Lou D.

    If he didn’t mean to catch the kittens, that is understandable. But when he DID, why didn’t he offer assistance to them or take them to a vet?

  • woodsman001

    I don’t see anyone dumping cats where I live anymore. They don’t even adopt more than can be kept under lock & key 24/7/52. When driving through the area I don’t see even one cat on anyone’s doorsteps anymore. I always keep an eye out to see if there are more free-roaming cats that will have to be shot. And if I’ll have to leave fish-oil trails on all the roadsides again, leading right to my IR surveillance system and laser-sighted rifle. (You can read some of the most effective methods I invented to rid my lands of hundreds of these vermin in only two seasons, posted here: americanhunter D0T org SLASH blogs/arkansas-will-trap-feral-cats The eradication of these disease-infested invasive species vermin was so complete and effective that cats are non-existent from my area for nearly FIVE years now. Not seen nor heard a single one.)

    Leaving ANY of their invasive species cats outside in my area means certain death for their cat, their cat’s further existence can be counted in hours. You’d think everyone else could learn from this simple lesson. The quickest way to solve an unwanted animal and irresponsible pet-owner problem is to let everyone know that you will quickly and humanely destroy every last one of their unwanted, uncared-for, or unsupervised animals for them. They either grow up fast or, far more plausible, dump their animals elsewhere to become someone else’s problem.

    You just can’t be an enabler of criminally irresponsible spineless and heartless idiots — or they remain that way. (At least where you live, anyway.)


    • midwest2

      Well, considering you live in the same state as the Duggars, we probably shouldn’t be surprised at your behavior. But, did it ever occur to you that occasionally, even with responsible pet owners, a dog or cat will dash out of the house before the owner can respond? I’d hate for you to be my neighbor! Just remember, what goes around comes around.

    • woodsman001

      No, being a “coward” is failing to take an effective and a 100% permanent solution against the disease-infested invasive-species vermin cats that imbeciles like you let roam free everywhere. Being a “coward” is failing to put you in the place that you truly deserve to be put (in prison for violating every last animal-neglect, animal-abandonment, and animal-endangerment law on the books in every county of every state). Being a “coward” is failing to humanely destroy (by legal gunshot) every last one of your cats for you before they get ran over by cars, eaten from the inside-out by parasites, or die a slow suffering death from lapping-up antifreeze in a gutter.

      Bottom line: If you don’t want to take care of your cat in the manner that YOU see fit, then I guarantee you that I WILL take care of your cat in the manner that I see fit — ONE TIME. And it only takes one time. See one, shoot one, A.S.A.P. Simple as that.

      If your cat gets hurt or dies, THAT’S YOUR FAULT. Make NO mistake about that!


      PSA: The time is now …. Half-Past Kill-Kitty O’Clock …. do you know where your piece-of-sh**, disease-infested, invasive species, vermin cat is? If not, grab a shovel and I’ll show you where its new “loving forever-home” is now.

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