California boy, 12, admits hanging his small dog ‘to see it die’
By: N Gilbert
The Salinas, Calif., youth showed no remorse, say police, adding, ‘Hopefully the court system will connect him to resources to deal with his anger.’
The boy’s sister, 19, tried to intervene to stop him from hanging the terrier mix, But he battered her and drove her off, say cops. The boy told them, "I was mad at the dog, so I killed it."
A 12-year-old California boy allegedly hanged his small dog on a door handle to "see it die" in a disturbing case of animal cruelty, police said.
"I was mad at the dog, so I killed it," the unidentified juvenile casually told investigators after the Friday incident in Salinas, Calif., cops said.
"I wanted to see it die," the boy purportedly boasted.
Police found the canine corpse after he boy's 19-year-old sister called 911 and blurted out, "He's hurting the dog," before the dispatcher heard a struggle and the line hung up, a Salinas Police spokesman told the Daily News.
"She was trying to intervene, and he battered her," Officer Miguel Cabrera told The News. "So she left the apartment with a second dog, trying to protect it."
Investigators visited the address for a welfare check a short time later and could hear a loud TV blaring inside, though nobody answered, he said.
A building manager helped them gain entry with a pass key, and officers found the motionless 12-pound terrier mix hanging by its collar from a bedroom door handle, police said.
The 12-year-old boy came out of the same bedroom and "spontaneously" admitted his role in the heinous act, Cabrera said.
The sister returned a short time later and also told officers the boy took the dog's life, Cabrera told The News.
He said it's not clear what sparked the boy's rage.
The boy, who had no prior criminal record, was booked in Monterey County Juvenile Hall for battery on his sister and felony cruelty to an animal, Cabrera said.
"He was very verbal with the officers and didn't show any remorse," he said.
"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," Cabrera said Monday. "Hopefully the court system will connect him to resources to deal with his anger."
I'm sorry but I don't care how old this child is. It's apparent that people are looking at this as the child isn't getting enough attention or his parents aren't good to him, etc. etc. BUT, always remember folks, serial killers ALWAYS start out hurting and killing animals when they are children. Jeffrey Dahmer's father was a pastor and he grew up in a very nice area with a nice childhood. He ATE his victims!
RIP to the poor dog who suffered through this heinous act!