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Boys accused in dog's beating death

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Three local boys have been accused of aggravated cruelty to animals and named in petitions asking that the Juvenile Court declare them delinquents.

The petitions resulted from the beating death of a dog stolen from a Lambert Street resident Friday night. The teens have been held at the Bedford County Juvenile Detention Center.

Lewisburg Police Officer Russell Grubbs and Cpl. Chris Sawyers were dispatched just before 11 p.m. Friday to a Lambert Street house where Joy Dalton told them her dog was missing from its chain in the yard and that she had seen "two male juveniles ... running from her yard," Grubbs reported.

Grubbs patrolled the neighborhood and found a group of five young men on 7th Avenue. One of them was carrying a bundled-up gray sweatshirt, which he set down carefully. Inside the bundle, Grubbs found a small longhaired dog. Grubbs wrote that the dog was "covered in blood and in an unresponsive state; it had multiple visible injuries to its body."

Once the dog was identified by its owner, all five juveniles were taken to Police headquarters for questioning in the presence of their parents and/or guardians.

Two of the juveniles implicated the other three, saying they were the ones who took the dog to the field behind Summit Apartments and struck it "multiple times on the head and body," Grubbs reported. The other three and their parents "refused to talk to law enforcement."

Meanwhile, the dog's owner took it to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Columbia where the veterinarian diagnosed blunt force trauma to the head so severe that the right eye was out of the socket, five broken ribs, and internal bruising and swelling. The dog died shortly after arriving at the clinic, and when the juveniles were informed of this one of them, "smiled and giggled in a sadistic manner," Grubbs wrote.

Three of the juveniles were sent home on house arrest by Juvenile Court Judge Steve Bowden.

Later the same day, as Grubbs was cleaning out his patrol car at the end of his shift, he found a "homemade metal striking weapon" in the back seat. Grubbs reported that the weapon had "blood and brown hair in the striking part of the weapon."

Sawyers visited the two youths who had not been charged for a follow-up statement on Saturday. In the presence of his guardian, one teen admitted that he had been intimidated by the presence of the other boys, and had not told whole truth.

That boy then said "all three ... hit the dog repeatedly with the homemade weapon in the field behind Summit Apartments," Grubbs reported.

His statement was corroborated by the second youth, also in the presence of his guardian.

By order of Judge Bowden, the three boys who had been placed under house arrest were taken into custody and transported to the Bedford County Juvenile Detention Center, pending a court appearance Tuesday.


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This case simply cries out for the harshest punishment allowed by law. These "boys" should be tried as adults and sentenced in accordance with adult sentencing guidelines. Through their actions the have displayed a total lack of empathy for the suffering of others and WE as a society should show them the same lack of compassion when imposing punishment.

-- Posted by V.Veritas on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 7:19 AM

I truly hope Bowden does his job as a judge and punishes these boys to the fullest extent of the law. I also think the boy who "Laughed" about the dog dying from those injuries should be mentally evaluated - that is beyond just cruelty and deeper into mental issues. My heart goes out to the owner of the dog as I have many pets of my own and no one should have to suffer this kind of loss of a pet.

-- Posted by CandiCaine on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 12:22 PM

This is one of the most vile stories I've ever heard in all of my life. I am so glad that we as the public KNOW that ONE OF THESE EVIL MONSTERS LAUGHED when told that the torture he inflicted resulted in this innocent animal's DEATH. Hopefully, the prisoners he will be incarcerated with will also be privy to that information. A TINY, HELPLESS TEN-POUND sweet family pet and at least THREE CRIMINAL THUGS. I don't know what punishment suits this crime. Remember that Jeffrey Dahmer & other serial murderers of humans began by torturing and murdering helpless animals. They should never again see the light of day. What kind of parents raised these savage beasts?

-- Posted by dubuas on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 12:54 PM

I hope that these teens are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No animal should have to die in such a horrible way. My heart goes out to the owner!

-- Posted by CandiCaine on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 1:06 PM

This happened in my neighborhood, where I have always felt safe. I see groups of teens roaming the streets at all hours and I am disgusted that their parents allow them out to make trouble, and even more disgusted that these kids could be so cruel and heartless. I no longer want to let my pets out to run around the yard, knowing some sicko kid could harm an innocent animal! I can't get this out of my mind and I hope for the stiffest possible punishment, and that when they get to prison or while in juvenile hall, they get a little taste of their own medicine.. let justice be served!

-- Posted by superdream on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 1:18 PM

I am so upset about this horrible display of anger! I am even more concerned about the punishment that these boys will receive! These teens deserve the maxium punishment! If they get away with this or just a slap on the hand they will do it again! This society must take action against these types of crimes!I will not rest until there is justice for this poor, helpless,and precious dog! My heart is breaking for the owner and hope that justice is done!

-- Posted by christycream777 on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 1:52 PM

when i read about this incident, i was so angry and upset. being a lifelong animal welfare advocate, it is always difficult to comprehend such violence upon pets. the parents are definitely also to blame because compassion and respect for other living creatures is TAUGHT. these parents FAILED MISERABLY to teach their sons compassion. I have read countless studys that clearly show the implications of abusing animals during youth, and how this is the only the beginning of violent lifestyles. I plead with the judge to ENSURE that this doesn't happen again, thus next time it may be their children or spouse. IF IT WERE UP TO ME, THE FITTING PUNISHMENT WOULD BE TO HAVE THEM BEAT WITH BASEBALL BATS. maybe then they would be able to experience the unimaginable suffering that this little dog endured. Ms. Dalton and her family are in my heart and prayers.

-- Posted by kissmycat75 on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 9:12 PM

The court date is the 29th of Dec. if you are planning on being there to see if justice will be done.

-- Posted by thevirginian on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 8:46 AM

Thanks for info on the court date - I have heard there is a petition going around in Lburg asking for the teens to get max sentences - anyone know where this petition is located because I would love to sign my name on it!

-- Posted by CandiCaine on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 9:15 AM

Sorry for the last posting. It has been confirmed by the juvenile court that it will be on the 22nd of Dec at 9 Am

-- Posted by thevirginian on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 9:42 AM


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