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Change-of-plea hearing set for Moorhead man accused of killing cats

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 26.Jalan Isaac Greer, 24, was ...

Jalan Greer
Jalan Greer

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Jalan Isaac Greer, 24, was charged in March in Clay County District Court.

According to court documents filed with the charges:

Police were called to Greer's south Moorhead apartment on Jan. 19 on a report that a cat could be heard crying and making sounds like it was fighting for its life.

Officers found a dead cat on the floor of Greer's apartment.

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Greer initially told police he brought the cat, named Oreo, home and it suddenly died. He later told police he may have squeezed the cat harder than he should have.

Greer also told police another cat died while he was petting it and that he may have been hanging onto the cat's neck too tightly.

A female witness told police about a third cat, named Smokey, that allegedly died while in Greer's care. The witness said Greer told her the cat died after a small towel rod fell on it, and she said Greer sent her a photo showing the dead cat lying on a bathroom floor with a towel rod across its chest.

When police asked Greer why he had killed three cats, he answered that he was fearful of cats and may have killed them while he was blacked out, court documents stated.

No details were available as to a possible plea agreement between Greer and prosecutors.

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