VENANGO TOWNSHIP, PA — A 12-year-old boy in Pennsylvania is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he intentionally killed a dog by injecting the animal with air.
According to police, the boy stole some syringes from a neighbor and used them to inject air into the family dog, a Labrador mix. After being injected, the dog became ill for a week before dying. Police say the boy knew that by injecting air into the dog’s blood vessels, that the dog could die.
The investigation is continuing, but Trooper Jason Domenick says he expects theft and cruelty to animals charges to be filed against the boy in juvenile court.
“I’ve never hear of anybody doing that,” said LeRoy Stearns, executive director of the Crawford County Humane Society. “That’s a new one on me. I’m dumbfounded.”
After running this site for a decade, I’m definitely not dumbfounded. In just the last two years, we’ve reported on an 11-year-old girl who beat a puppy to death, an 11-year-old boy who drowned a dog in a hot tub, and a 12-year-old boy who hanged a dog just to watch it die.