LAKE GEORGE, NY – Police in New York have charged an 11-year-old girl with the beating death of her foster mother’s 13-week-old puppy after the girl got angry with the woman when she would not give her a ride.
The incident happened on Sunday, not long after the girl was placed in the home for an overnight stay, after the girl’s foster mother refused to give the girl a ride somewhere.
In response to being denied, the girl reportedly beat the woman’s 13-week-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to death by repeatedly slamming it against the floor and a bed post.
The girl was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal mischief. She can either be prosecuted, or placed in some kind of diversion program. So far, the Warren County Family Court has not commented on the case.
Of course, as most everyone who reads this site is aware, an 11-year-old killing a puppy in such a fashion and for the reasons given, is a definite indicator that this girl has some major issues. This something that Cathy Cloutier, executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Upstate New York, wants to remind everyone.
“We can’t lose fact that this child really needs some major, serious help before other victims are in her line,” said Cloutier.
I agree with her. As heinous and disturbing as this girl’s actions were, I don’t want to see her placed in some kind of juvenile facility. She is at an age in which a rehabilitation program could be very beneficial for her, and society in general, by addressing the obvious mental issues she is currently experiencing.
Throwing an 11-year-old into jail, even one designed for juveniles, will not address her issues and will likely just end with her being placed back into society worse off than she was when she went in.Tags: Animal Cruelty, Crime, foster care, Juvenile, New York, puppy