12-Year-Old Kills Dog Because He Wanted to Watch It Die

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terrierPolice say a 12-year-old boy confessed to killing his own dog simply because he got angry with it.

After receiving a 911 call from a woman saying that the child was "hurting the dog," cops went to the boy's apartment. When they arrived, the people inside refused to open the door. They were only able to enter after getting a pass key and what they found was a horrifying sight.

When they finally got inside, they found the 12-pound terrier mix lifeless, hanging from a bedroom door handle. "I was mad at the dog so I killed it," the kid allegedly told cops. He also reportedly said that he wanted to see the poor dog die and showed no remorse for the grisly crime. He was ultimately taken into custody and booked on felony cruelty to an animal.

This is scary on so many levels. Not only is it beyond cruel and sadistic to kill an animal, this says some really frightening things about this child. We all know this is not normal and where this kind of behavior eventually can lead.

There are numerous serial killers who began their criminal careers this way. It's the first thing that pops into my mind whenever I see a kid trying to harm an dog or cat. Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, and Jeffrey Dahmer all tortured and killed animals when they were children. FBI profilers have linked that kind of behavior as a marker for later homicidal, sociopathic behavior.

I just hope this kid gets the help that he needs now so that this chilling behavior does not escalate.

Do you think animal cruelty is a sign of a bigger problem?


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the4m... the4mutts

Definately a sign of a bigger problem!

However, arresting the child pisses me off. He needs HELP. Putting him in jail isn't doing him, or anyone else, any good.

Fondue Fondue

I'd like to know why the woman who called 911 didn't stop him from doing this.  Was she scared of this little sociopath?

Bloom... Bloomie79

I can't imagine there is another option, being arrested and charged with a crime is totally appropriate. Who is supposed to get him help and what is going to be done to protect the people and animals in his path in the future. There is no functional mental health system to speak of, this type of behavior is a precursor to the most serious crimes.

nonmember avatar Sarah.S.

I would assume they arrested him to force him to get help, especially if the parents wouldn't make him be committed to an institution.

Also, I thought that maybe the woman could hear the dog dying (it couldn't have been quiet) and maybe she wasn't in the apartment.

Those adults who were around deserve to be charged too.

Todd Vrancic

@Fondue, maybe she couldn't get into the house.

FatCa... FatCatsMomma

Grisly. Grizzly is a bear.

PRIMA487 PRIMA487

Why didn't the parents or whoever was there get hauled in also?Isn't there an issue with not complying when they didn't open the door?

hello... hellokd87

This kid could have been a latch key kid who's parents worked so they left him home alone thinking he was "old enough" to care for himself. However that is sick. I get upset when people hurt children, but ANIMALS? What did the dog do, follow him around for attention? Unless it's ferile animal unaccustomed to human contact, domestic animals just want love & attention from humans. It just pisses me off that this kid had no remorse for it. He has some serious underlying psychological issues that need to be addressed with the best possible psychologist.

CPN322 CPN322

Of course it is.

Felly... FellyScarlett

What a little shit. Ten years from now we're gonna see him getting arrested for murder.

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