Police: 5 kittens found in Murray stuck to sticky rat traps

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MURRAY, Utah — A Murray man was arrested Monday after police discovered five kittens at his home stuck to rat traps, according to police


At approximately 10 a.m., a Murray police officer was dispatched to 5499 S. Spurrior Road on a report of kittens found in a trash can.

Witnesses told police they had found two kittens alive in a garbage can stuck to a sticky rat trap, according to a probable cause statement.

The officer made contact with the suspect, Dr. Stephen Lacy who stated that there were three kittens stuck to other traps in the carport area, according to a probable cause statement.

The officer discovered the three animals stuck to one sticky rat trap inside the carport, the statement indicated.

Lacy allegedly told the officer he placed the traps out to catch the kittens.

Lacy allegedly thought two of the kittens were dead so he threw them in a trash can. The probable cause statement indicates the officer noticed leaves were placed over the animals to hide them along with several other traps.

The five kittens were alive but injured and covered in the sticky substance from the traps. Police turned them over to an animal rescue group.

Lacy was arrested on five counts of torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony. He’s been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.


  • JJJ

    A mother leaves her child in a car where her child dies of heat stroke and we get 3 or more stories about what a great mother she is. $16,000 is raised in her favor.

    A man leaves rat traps that cats get caught in and he is derided and shamed as a horrible human being. He gets sent to jail.

    The mother of the child? Still no charges placed against her. So where does this lead us? A feral cat’s life is of more value than a human. The media controls the narrative.

    • Bob

      Well….duh! You didn’t know that animals are more valuable than humans? That’s been true for years. In fact, liberals are now calling abortion an “affirmative value.” (Code-speak for “the only good baby is a dead baby, unless it belongs to an upper middle class white liberal”.) Yet, ironically, those same liberals are spewing the most hate at the mother of the dead kid. Kill baby with air in its lungs: BAD. Kill baby without air in its lungs: GOOD. There will be a quiz later.

      Where is the consistency? I don’t get it.

  • Bob

    The man did not set the traps to catch kittens. OBVIOUSLY. Are we all to be forced to accept rat infestations now for fear of offending some “animal rights” kook?

    The guilty party is whoever let their cat run around wild without getting her fixed. Rat Trap Guy saved the kittens from certain death.

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