Acting Police Chief Jason Hare on Thursday said the crime involved a 3-month-old pit pull dog. He said there is no clear motive yet about the crime.
“The Carbon Hill Police Department has arrested three juveniles in a cruelty to animal case where a dog was beaten and a drowning was attempted (with the dog as the victim). The dog was rescued but died at a later date,” Hare said in a statement he released that day, noting that the juveniles have been taken to the Walker County Juvenile Detention Center and that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
After reading the statement, Hare was asked how this compares to other animal cruelty cases he has seen in the county.
“This is actually the worst one I’ve ever been on,” he said. “When I worked with the county, we had more people who would not feeding their dogs or giving them water and stuff like that. But as far as actually abusing a dog like this, this is the first one I’ve ever worked.”
Hare said the incident happened between noon and 2 p.m. The dog was stolen from the yard of a local residence a few blocks from the city police department, breaking through a fence to take the dog.
The juveniles, who were 12, 13 and 17 years old, took the puppy to the Carbon Hill Swimming Pool, Hare said.
Lifeguards turned them away, telling the youth to take the puppy back home, as they could not bring it to the swimming pool.
“Then they proceeded to the creek behind the swimming pool, and that is where they beat the dog and tried to drown the dog,” he said.
“What happened was the lifeguards heard the puppy screaming in pain as it was being tortured, beat and drowned, so they went down there to check it out to see what was going on.
“As they were walking down, I guess the kids heard them coming up, and they took off running. They left the dying puppy wrapped in a shirt. The puppy was barely alive, but passed away a couple of days later.”
Hare said a thorough investigation was made, interviewing the suspects in the process. The parents of the youth were brought in. They were taken to the Walker County Courthouse, where the police and the owner of the dog decided to press charges.
One juvenile was charged with theft of property and the other two were charged with cruelty to animals, Hare said.
“I would also like to thank Keiffer Guthrie, who is one of our officers, officer Antoine Cobb and dispatcher Brittany Chambers for a job well done,” Hare said.
WITHOUT SWIFT AND FORCED MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTION, THE FBI HAS CLEARLY MADE A CONNECTION BETWEEN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WHO TORTURE AND KILL ANIMALS FOR THEIR AMUSEMENT AND ADULTS WHO RAPE AND MURDER
According to pet-abuse.com, animal abusers are five times more likely to
commit violent crimes than non-abusers and violent childhood and
adolescent offenders against animals are likely to repeat the criminal
behavior as they become adults. Studies have shown that most
serial killers tortured animals as children.