OGDEN (ABC4 News) – Ogden Police and Ogden City Animal Control cited a man who allegedly allowed his dogs to attack and kill a cat while off-leash, thanks who a couple who witnessed the incident and recorded him walking away.
The woman, who requested to remain anonymous, said she and her fiance were driving on 1140 West near Business Depot Ogden between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. Monday when they saw something concerning.
“I saw a man coming out from the field with his dogs running around,” she said. “At first, I thought they were playing around. But once we got closer, we saw a cat trying to get away. It was trying to climb up the tree. It was fighting back.”
She said they saw the white dog tugging on the cat in their rear mirror. That’s when they decided to turn back around.
“It was already too late. The cat was already dead,” she said. “The black one had it in its mouth.
They decided to confront the dog owner. But said they were shocked by his response.
“He was being sarcastic, at first. I tried processing it in my head and then I heard him say something about his neighbors and how he said his dogs were simply doing their jobs,” she said.
That’s when she decided to take her phone out and recorded the man and his dogs as they walked away. The black dog could be seen with what appears to be a black animal in its mouth.
“It hurts,” she said. “We have two cats similar to the one that was attacked. I just immediately thought of our cats we have at home.”
After sharing the photos and videos she took on social media, her post was shared thousands of times in less than 24 hours. Hope’s Rescue even stepped in and offered a $400 reward for information leading to the identification of the dog owner.
“If he’s done that once with no emotion. He’s had to have done it before. People who do that, without any kind of emotion, they’re sociopaths. There’s a sociopath in our backyards,” said Michelle Holbrook, volunteer for Hope’s Rescue. “He knew his dogs were going to hurt this cat and he enabled it.”
Ogden police told ABC4 News their animal control officers searched and found a dead cat in the area. As of 5 p.m., they posted on their Facebook page that the owner of the dogs “has been identified, interviewed, and cited for this incident.”
When ABC4 News met with the woman who recorded the video Tuesday afternoon, she saw a man walking a white dog across the street. After getting a closer look, she said it was coincidentally the same dog owner she recorded in the video. He left in a blue pick-up truck before contact could be made. His license plate was turned over to officials, which the woman said helped in the investigation.
“It’s not right in any way. They should rethink before they teach their animals to do something like that,” she said.