The cat was discovered encased in concrete at the home of Isaac Wyler, a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FDLS), at his home in Colorado City, Arizona.
The FDLS is one of the largest fundamentalist Mormon denominations and split from the Church of the Latter Day Saints over their suspension of the practice of polygamy and its decision to excommunicate its members who would continue the practice. The sect believe that a man must have three wifes to get into heaven and a number of members have been convicted of abusing their spiritual wifes who were aged between 15 and 16. The FLDS Church is estimated to have 10,000 members and was formerly led by Warren Jeffs who is convicted of two counts of child sexual abuse and is currently serving life plus twenty years in Palestine Texas.
The church believes that women should be subordinate to their husbands and in general, women are not allowed to cut their hair short or wear makeup, pants, or any skirt above the knees. It has been reported by former members that the FLDS Church has excommunicated more than 400 teenage boys for offenses such as dating or listening to rock music. Some former members claim that the real reason for these excommunications is that there are not enough women for each male to receive three or more wives. Six men, aged 18 to 22, filed a conspiracy lawsuit against Jeffs and Sam Barlow, a former Mohave County deputy sheriff and close associate of Jeffs, for a “systematic excommunication” of young men to reduce competition for wives.
The church is considered a hate group because of it’s views on race. Former leader Warren Jeffs is quoted as saying:
“the black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth.”
The Cat was discovered on Issac Wyles property, who is a former member of the sect and critic of it’s practices, by another former member Andrew Chatwin who believes that the cruel act was done by members of his former church and claims both threats and animal killings have been going on for years.
Chatwin reported the incident to Colorado City sheriffs but they didn’t seem too concerned:
“[The officer] kind of chuckled and laughed a little bit and then he said that if it was up to him, he’d just throw dirt on [the cat],” Chatwin said. “And this is coming from a city marshall who’s a member of the FLDS Church.”
Chatwin describes the government of Colorado City, formerly Short Creek, as a theocracy.
The cat was taken to a rescue sanctuary where it died a few days later.