Scott Graham Accused of Mutilating Neighbor's Cat, Tells Cops He "Played" With 30 to 40 Cats

UPDATE: Don't worry, everyone, Graham says the cats were sneaking into his car and running a fight club.

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Mesa PD
Scott Graham, alleged cat-mutilator.
If you're wondering who would steal their neighbor's cat and smash it up behind a strip mall -- 39-year-old Scott Graham would, according to Mesa police.

Once he was caught in the act lifting another neighbor's cat, police say he tossed that one out of his window and drove off.

The Arizona Humane Society got involved in this one after 12 cats went missing and three turned up dead, although Graham, who became the suspect in the cat disappearances, eventually told police that he just "played" with the cats -- 30 to 40 of them.

According to the cops, Graham was caught on a video-surveillance camera taking a cat from the top of the cat-owner's car near Guadalupe Road and Alma School Road about a month ago.

That cat was found a few days later, dead and mutilated behind a nearby strip mall. Another mutilated cat was found there too.

A couple weeks ago, a neighbor saw the car driving through the neighborhood -- the same car Graham was driving when he was caught on video lifting the cat, police say.

That neighbor tried to follow Graham's car on his bicycle, but Graham obviously got away, and the neighbor saw him chuck another cat out of his window, according to police.

Last night, the neighbor saw Graham's car again, but the neighbor was driving a car this time, and was able to get Graham's license plate number.

Police found that Graham lived with relatives in the neighborhood, and asked him about the cat situation.

According to the cops, Graham admitted to taking between 30 and 40 cats from the area -- but he claimed he'd never hurt any of them.

Graham's story was that he "played" with the 30 to 40 cats, then released them in a different area. Police say that's not quite what happened, adding that there was evidence in Graham's car and house that led to his arrest on an animal-abuse charge.

UPDATE: Police say clothing, gloves, and car floor "covered" in cat hair were found in Graham's garage. Cops are trying to link him to the rest of the missing cats in the neighborhood.



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conetka
conetka

CAT TORTURER GOES TO COURT TOMORROW MORNING

MESA KEYSTONE COP DESTROYED EVIDENCE
We will be protesting on the public sidewalk at 8am. A media release has been sent. There is parking on the street, the parking structure, or the vacant lot to the east of the Court.
Mesa Municipal Court 
250 E. 1st Avenue 
Mesa, Arizona 85210

rpwinaz
rpwinaz

This guy took things a bit too far.  If he was killing cats, he should be prosecuted.  I can sympathize with how frustrating it is to have a neighborhood with dozens of outdoor cats.

I experienced a similar problem when living in Tempe 15 years ago.  I simply purchased a "live catch" trap, baited it, and placed it in my yard for a month or so.   I caught 20+ cats and simply dropped them off at the animal shelter.  I even posted a flyer on the community mail box warning cat owners of my intentions.  It worked....no more outdoor cats using my yard as their litter box. 

Cat owners need to respect the rights of neighbors....not saying their cats should die though....look for them at the pound...thats where stray animals end up.    

NotACatLady
NotACatLady

Single, white, 39-yr old male. Check.

Lives in mother's home. Check.

Tortures and kills small animals. Check.

Sounds like the perfect profile for a serial killer. And yet, the City of Mesa doesn't deem it important enough to press charges. Wait until your kids start going missing. That will be next. If you care at all, sign this petition to at least get charges pressed against this lunatic. http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-mesa-arizona-bring-animal-cruelty-charges-against-scott-andrew-graham

tlsmith27
tlsmith27

He better hope he doesn't show up near my house.... he will wish he hadn't. I live in mesa and I know what his stupid ugly face looks like. What a scum bag.

Annalisa
Annalisa

Just spoke to Mesa Animal Care & Control - Graham is NOT BEING CHARGED with animal cruelty.  According to MACC, there was "only" "circumstantial" evidence of the cruelty - he is ONLY being charged with theft.  This is disgusting.....I have no words for the fact that someone as disturbed as this man appears to be is being allowed to get away with it without even a trial and the decision of a judge or jury.  

Johnny
Johnny

I don't have any pets, so why do I have to clean up other people's cat crap out of my backyard.

sleezyscoundrel
sleezyscoundrel

There are a many hardcore convicts who love their pets and who will probably make Mr Graham wish he had either taken grandma's SS check or maybe just left the cats alone. If you think you're in the shit now, just wait for the yard walk, Scotty.

teknik
teknik

i wonder how far from his neighborhood he stalked.  I had a cat just up and disappear, the cat was never far from home!  one day it was just gone.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

From Baseline Killers to Cat Scratch Fever... This Valley is home to WORLD CLASS WACK JOBS!

JustLostACat3DaysAgo
JustLostACat3DaysAgo

@rpwinaz There are no laws against allowing one's cat to venture outdoors. They will almost always explore the neighbor's yards and yes, they will often do obnoxious things like pick fights with your cats/dogs, pee on your windows, or poop in your yard. But that is no excuse to lure, trap, and bring cats to the pound. That's just cats behaving as they naturally do. When your baby (if you don't have one, just try to relate) poops in it's diaper and you're forced to clean it up, do you resent that child? Do you put it up for adoption just because it doesn't know any better? Some shelters will demand money to take your own cat back, and not everyone can afford it, no matter how small the fee. And those unclaimed cats are KILLED. What if you trapped a cat and the owner didn't end up visiting the pound within the waiting period before that animal is put down? The reason for them not checking in time is irrelevant. They might be broke, mentally ill, addicted to drugs or alcohol, absent-minded, severely physically or mentally handicapped with an unaware caretaker, or just plain ignorant to the possibility that someone would be so bold as to entrap their cat and send it to the "death camp" as my friends and family refer to it. None the less, I can almost guarantee that every cat you trapped belonged to a loving and caring owner and they hate your guts for taking their beloved pet away just for wandering into your trap. Very few cats that end up in anyone's yard is a "stray." I agree, owners of pets should respect their neighbors and thus pay whatever compensation needed for their pets damaging another persons property or their own pets. But you took it way too far. I'm a very close neighbor to Scott Andrew Graham and I honestly have to resist doing awful things to him, he's a despicable and worthless human. Frankly, although you justify your actions by bringing the cats you practically abduct to the pound instead of killing them, I'd place you not too far down the list of horrible animal-haters. I've participated in protests in front of Scott A Graham's house and along Alma School, a street near his house. I'll never break the law in order to exact what's called "vigilante justice" upon anyone. But you should know that people like me, well, less stable than me, people who have had at least one (in my case two) cats go missing during this guy's crime spree might be provoked beyond the point of reason for such actions as disgusting as yours and Graham's. It seems that you don't take a second to consider how important these animals are to their caregiver's. Just for a moment, consider one or more of your neighbors is an elderly, loving cat owner (yeah, old cat lady stereotype, so what? They're all over the place) with few to no friends or family. This person probably depends on their cats for company and purpose in life. And the fact that they allow their cats outdoors only makes them a considerate pet owner. And if they were able-bodied people who allowed their cats to go outdoors, they may be provoked far enough to do something as radical as slashing your tires or burning your house down, for pete's sake. Cats kept indoors for their entire lives are horribly depressed and often resent their owners. And no wonder, that's like being kept in prison. You can't leave, you get just enough nasty food required to keep you alive at times, and there's nothing to do ever. If you can't deal with picking up a few pieces of poo, but you're willing to spend time and money to buy traps and bait them to lure neighborhood cats and then go out of your way to bring them to the shelter, then you have some severe psychological issues and I'd be watching you constantly if I were your neighbor. If you're really so fed up with cat poop, you should A) just be a decent person who understands that they share the world with other people and that it doesn't all revolve around you and just man-up and pick up the dang poop (what does that take, 1-2 minutes at most?), B) talk to your neighbors in person about the issue, C) place flyers around the neighborhood addressing the problem, and D) (and this is my favorite) go move somewhere without cats because you stand out and are not welcome in a pet-friendly community. What you did was not done out of concern for poop on your lawn, it was done out of HATRED FOR ANIMALS and you're excuse of "not saying their cats should die" doesn't convince me one bit. I sincerely suspect that you've previously abused animals and I hope you find help for your clearly deep-seeded issues.

equalizer
equalizer

 @Johnny johnny, i think i know why the cats are crapping in your yard. And i dont think they will stop. if you are thinking of doing what this guy did, beware, hell is waiting for you.

phipps3113
phipps3113

 @teknik

 I have had reports from several adjacent neighborhoods.  If you are within a couple of miles it is possible.  Mark Phipps  BTW, he lives with his parents.

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