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Man arrested for allegedly killing his cat, possibly 2 others

Tyler Anthony Strickland, 19, of Taylorsville, was arrested Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for investigation of a felony count of torture of a companion animal after he allegedly strangled his cat, Garfield.
Tyler Anthony Strickland, 19, of Taylorsville, was arrested Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for investigation of a felony count of torture of a companion animal after he allegedly strangled his cat, Garfield.
Salt Lake County Jail

TAYLORSVILLE — A Taylorsville man accused of killing his cat is being investigated for possibly killing at least two others.

Tyler Anthony Strickland, 19, was arrested Tuesday for investigation of felony torture of a companion animal.

Strickland told staff at University Hospital that he had killed his cat, Garfield, a tabby, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

When further questioned by police, he said he strangled his cat "because Garfield made him upset," the report states. "Tyler also admitted to killing two other cats in the past in the same manner."

Detectives who searched Strickland's home found Garfield's body wrapped in a blanket in a box, said Unified police detective Ken Hansen. They also noticed a bite mark on Strickland's thumb that he said he got from the cat while strangling him, according to the report.

Strickland lives in an apartment with his girlfriend. Investigators believe Garfield was a stray that he had found and given to his girlfriend as a gift. Detectives also learned that in December, Strickland brought another stray cat home for his girlfriend. But after a few days, she started smelling a foul odor in the apartment and found the cat's body, Hansen said.

The girlfriend told police she did not want to press charges against Strickland but rather wanted him to get help, he said.

A motive for the alleged cat killings was not known Thursday.