Saratoga Springs cat owners speaks out after camera catches family friend beating pet

Posted at 9:52 PM, Apr 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-20 23:53:52-04

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah -- Almost a week after his brutal abuse was caught on camera, little Shadow, a small black house cat, is back to skittering across the house.

"I've not watched it.  The police watched it and said you don't want to see it," said Colleen Cloward, Shadow’s owner.

The video Colleen Cloward is referring too was caught on a nanny-cam in her own house.  She and her son Kaleb set it up when Shadow kept getting injured.

They suspected Jordan Lindquist, a friend of Kaleb Cloward’s, was the cause.

Lindquist had been staying at the house while he was looking for a place to live.

Watching through an app on their phones, what they saw sent them both scrambling to get home and call police.  Lindquist is seen dragging Shadow out from under a bed, punching the cat in the head and slamming it to the floor.

A few minutes later, Lindquist sits on the bed, pinning the cat down when his cell phone rings.  Kaleb Cloward called, demanding Lindquist leave the house, telling him they have seen everything.

"It’s an emotional hurt.  You trust somebody so much, you let them into your house, how they repay you is your cat gets beat up, tortured, different things," Kaleb Cloward said.

Kaleb Cloward had been childhood friends with Lindquist.  They recently reconnected and when Lindquist needed a place to live, and the Clowards opened up their home.

"He seemed like such a nice young man.  But yet there's clearly something wrong with his thought process," Colleen Cloward said.

Lindquist was arrested when he came back to get his stuff out of the Cloward house.  He's being charged with animal cruelty, a third-degree felony.

Shadow is recovering well.  Running around the house, even greeting strangers at the door, apparently unafraid despite the beating.  As for Colleen and Kaleb Cloward, the healing is just beginning.

"I’ll forgive him but I won't ever forget it," Kaleb Cloward said.