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Utah man accused of torturing, killing kittens

Jordan Hagen
Jordan Hagen
Salt Lake County Jail

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police arrested a man they say tortured and killed kittens and then told officers he would probably do it again.

Jordan Hagen, 27, of West Valley City, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of three felony counts of torture of a companion animal.

On Monday, Hagen’s roommate called police to report “the suspect had violently killed his cats,” according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

When questioned by officers, Hagen told them that “he had been strangling his kittens and told his roommate that he needed to get rid of them for their safety,” the report states.

Hagen said he “got angry” at one of the kittens and “beat it to death,” then “used the body of the dead kitten to beat the other kitten into paralysis,” according to the report.

The second kitten, while close to death, was put in a box and left to die either from its injuries or starvation, the report states.

“Suspect openly admitted to his actions and claimed that he has done it before and may do it again,” according to the report.