Utah woman arrested for torturing, killing family cat in front of children

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A Holladay woman was arrested earlier this month for torturing and killing the family cat in front of her children in September. (Photo: Salt Lake County Jail)

HOLLADAY, UT (KUTV) – A Holladay woman was arrested earlier this month for torturing and killing the family cat in front of her children in September.

Ariane Christine Borg, 38, was arrested with three counts of child abuse and one count of torturing a companion animal.

According to a probable cause statement, Unified Police officers were called to a residence in Holladay where Borg’s son and daughter were found crying in September 2018. The children told a responding officer that Borg beat the family cat “over and over again” and snapped its neck in front of them.

The responding officer arranged the children to be transported away from the home when she walked throughout the home to further investigate. When the officer arrived in the yard, she found a dead cat and Borg covered in blood. The officer also found multiple broken items and blood throughout the home.

The probable cause statement also wrote that Borg had what were later determined to be self-inflicted stab wounds on her abdomen and wrists.

Later in November 2018, a detective from Unified Police spoke with Borg’s daughter at the Children’s Justice Center, where she told the detective that her mother “goes crazy” nearly every night, and her mother was “going insane” during the September incident.

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According to the probable cause statement, Borg’s daughter told the detective that she heard the cat meowing and saw her mother hold the cat by its legs, pounding it repeatedly on a table. The daughter tried to save the cat, but Borg bit her daughter on the arm – bruising her arm – before snapping the cat’s neck.

The probable cause statement also wrote that a therapist has been working with the daughter to help her cope with acute stress disorder, which she was diagnosed with after experiencing Borg’s incident in September and other events in the past.



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