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

Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-26 09:03:50-04

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.