MOORHEAD, Minn. | A Minnesota man who once lived in Rapid City has been charged with torturing and killing three cats.
Jalan Isaac Greer, 23, of Moorhead, Minn., is facing three counts of felony mistreatment of animals in Clay County District Court. The charges are punishable by up to six years in prison.
According to local media, court documents show that Moorhead police were called to Greer’s apartment in January on a report of a cat that was heard "fighting for its life." When officers arrived, they found a dead cat on the kitchen floor with blood coming out of its mouth and ears. Greer admitted squeezing the cat.
He told police about two other cats that died in his care. Greer said one got electrocuted, but later said the animal died while he was petting it since he may have been hanging onto its neck too tightly, according to a Forum News Service report.
He said the other cat likely died when a towel rod fell on it.
“When an officer asked Greer why he had killed three cats, Greer stated he was fearful of cats hurting him and he had probably blacked out and killed them,” the report said.
A check of Greer’s driver’s license records showed he used to be a resident of Rapid City, said Sgt. Clint Stephenson of the Moorhead Police Department. Stephenson did not have information on Greer’s dates of stay in South Dakota.
The Forum News Service described Greer as an aspiring artist who has modeled for local businesses and has thousands of social media followers: at least 155,000 on Twitter, 8,350 on Instagram and nearly 2,000 on SoundCloud, where he shares his latest music.
It said Greer told a Florida magazine in an interview last month that he is originally from Montreal but being an “Air Force brat” had lived in many places, such as Tokyo and Paris.
Greer appeared in court Friday, and has been released from jail on a $5,000 surety bond, according to the Clay County Jail. Court records show he is represented by the county public defender's office.