Salinas, CA – Police have charged a 12-year-old boy with cruelty to animals after he hanged a dog by its collar because he wanted to see the dog die.
Last Friday, police revived a 911 call from someone who hung up before explaining why they were calling. All they could make out was a female saying “he’s hurting the dog” before hanging up.
When police arrived at the apartment, they learned that the caller was a 19-year-old girl whose little brother had been trying to hurt one of their dogs. he began beating her while she was on the phone with 911, so she hung up and left the apartment with one of their other dogs.
The apartment was locked and the boy was not answering he door, so police used a pass key to gain entry. Once inside, police found a dead 12-pound terrier-mix hanging from its collar on the boy’s bedroom doorknob. The 12-year-old eventually emerged from his room and immediately admitted to police that he was the one responsible, telling them,“I was mad at the dog so I killed it.”
Police say he showed no remorse for killing the dog, adding that there didn’t seem to be any motive aside from the boy being angry at the dog and wanting to see the dog die. He was detained by police and placed in Monterey County Juvenile Hall for felony cruelty to an animal.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 20 years, and I’ve never heard of anything like this involving such a young person. Obviously it shows there are some serious issues there that have to be addressed,” Officer Miguel Cabrera said. “Hopefully the court system will connect him to resources to deal with his anger.”Tags: Animal Cruelty, California, Crime, Juvenile