Protest against Mesa man who admitted stealing 30 to 40 cats

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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MESA, Ariz -- A handful of people who believe their cats have been stolen and killed gathered Tuesday to protest a lack of charges against Scott Andrew Graham. 

Graham, 39, admitted to taking 30 to 40 cats from Mesa neighborhoods but claims he only played with the animals before releasing them elsewhere.

Graham was arrested last month after being identified as the man in a surveillance video who took a cat named Biscuit from the top of an SUV. A cat thought to be Biscuit and two others were found mutilated and killed the next day.

Now, four charges of animal abuse are about to be dropped after Maricopa County prosecutors decided they needed more evidence.

At the intersection of Alma School and Pecos roads on Tuesday, people carried signs accusing Graham of being a cat killer. Those signs also included Graham's address and phone number.

Protesters, who are also planning another gathering for this Saturday, said they want people in Mesa to know they have what they believe to be a dangerous person living nearby.

Protest organizer Janice McClellen said more than 80 percent of violent criminals in prison have also abused animals. She also warns pet owners to keep their animals inside and to watch them closely when outside.  

Repeated attempts to talk to Graham have been unsuccessful. He now faces only a charge of theft for taking Biscuit.