Cruelty to Animals Case
September 24, 2012
On 09-03-2012 suspect Scott Graham was
arrested for the following: One count of Theft, which is a
Class 1 Misdemeanor; One count of Mistreatment to Animals,
which is a Class 6 Felony; Two counts of Cruelty to
Animals, which is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
This arrest was reference the investigation of a missing cat
from the area of Extension / Natal in Mesa. In addition, several
other cats were believed to be missing from the area, although
no other reports were made by victims. Subsequent to the report,
three cats were found deceased not far from the original theft
location. One of those cats was believed to possibly be the cat
stolen from our victim's residence.
At the time of Scott Graham's arrest, testimony and evidence
available to arresting officers supported the listed charges.
However, subsequent investigation by detectives has developed
information which brings some the initial facts into question.
Based upon this development, the decision was made to continue
with only the Theft charge. At this time, investigative efforts
have been exhausted. Any additional or future charges are
unlikely until additional evidence is developed or received that
would allow the investigation to continue.