Man caught on nanny cam viciously beating house cat, police say

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah -- A 19-year-old was arrested in Saratoga Springs after a camera caught him violently abusing a house cat, police said Monday.

On April 14 Saratoga Springs police responded to a home where the resident told them she caught her son’s friend, Jordan Lindquist, abusing her pet on a nanny cam.

The complainant told police she put the camera in her son’s room because she suspected her cat was being abused, according to a probable cause statement.

“Her cat had been into the veterinarian’s and had accrued hundreds of dollars in vet bills because of injuries sustained over a period of time,” the statement

indicates. “The complainant had become increasing worried the injuries her cat was sustaining may have been inflicted by her houseguest, Jordan Lindquist, a friend of her son’s, rather than by natural means.”

The woman was not home at the time, but she watched Lindquist assault and beat one of her cats remotely from the nanny cam, according to the statement.

“Video showed unambiguous recorded evidence of Jordan entering his friend’s room, closing the curtains so he couldn’t be seen from outside the residence, and fishing a black cat out from under his friend’s bed,” the release states.

Lindquist was then seen throwing the cat on the bed where he continued to punch the animal.

“Jordan continued the abuse and cruelty against the animal by shaking it forcefully,” police reported. “Officers watching the video believed if the cat had been a baby, it would probably have been killed because of the viciousness and violence of the shaking and from the punches to the head it sustained.”

The woman told police she called her son and told him to tell Lindquist to stop hurting their cat.

Lindquist stopped and began speaking to his friend as if nothing had happened, police state.

The woman’s son could be heard on the recording yelling at Lindquist to get out of the house. As he was being yelled at, Lindquist seemed to realize there was nanny cam in the room because he covered it with a t-shirt, according to the statement.

The suspect left the residence before the woman or police arrived on scene.

“The depravity and viciousness of the abuse to the complainant’s cat was extremely violent and was obviously causing severe suffering and pain to the animal,” the statement indicates. “The domestic cat is a companion animal and it suffered torture at Jordan Lindquist’s hands by being viciously beaten.”

Lindquist was booked into Utah County Jail on Friday and charged with one count of animal cruelty, a third-degree felony.


  • bob

    So let’s see the video and decide for ourselves. If you’re going to cite a video as you condemn a guy you should provide your proof.

    I don’t recall hearing the world “allegedly” in this report. Correct me if I’m wrong. But this looked like a direct accusation.

    I’m not saying he didn’t do it. I’m saying if a news organization is going to positively assert that he DID then it owes us the evidence.

    • Evelyn Ball

      The video is above!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What more proof do you need?????? So worried about a useless human that has no problem abusing an innocent animal. Typical idiot! As far as I am concerned all animal abusers should be culled. Who cares about their rights????

    • Cheryl Gehrke

      How stupid. The video is right there for any body to see. Can you not open your eyes and see it. It was horrible and this monster 19 year old needs to go to jail for doing what he did. He is most disturbed and needs severe mental counseling and confinement.

  • Mark

    Bob, what is your deal.. its right there???
    The problem is that the courts do not take dirt bags like this seriously enough. This guy obviously has a violent nature, and is a threat to society. People like this, really should be locked up for a long, long time. This guy will kill someone one day, I bet my last dollar on it. What a coward this guy is, takes a real man to beat up a cat, wow, loser. Who wants to bet he has sexual identity issues?

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