Saturday, December 22nd, 2007 at 11:44 am
In the case that sparked nation and worldwide response in which three teens, 12, 14 and 16 years old in Guadalupe County, TX, brutally tortured and killed Tobey, a tiny Pomeranian mix puppy, ‘justice’ has been handed down. If that’s what you can call it!! I have no doubt there will be a great deal of backlash on this!!
Three boys who admitted to torturing and killing a puppy this summer will be sent to treatment facilities as part of their punishment.
The boys, ages 12, 14 and 16, admitted to killing a dog named Tobey in August.
The three boys will each be sent to different treatment facilities for six to nine months and will be under intense supervision probation until the age of 18.
The case sparked response from across the world as the district attorney’s office received numerous letters, e-mails and faxes expressing shock and anger over the incident, County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb said in September. (KSAT)
I am beyond incensed at this!! Although at the time there was a call to prosecute the little monsters under Texas’ new animal cruelty laws, I understand that it could not be done since they were not in effect. It was hoped though that the boys would be sentenced to jail until they were 19 which was an option.
“What not everyone understands is that we are not allowed to do that unless specifically told by the legislature,” Murray-Kolb said. “We must go by the laws that are in effect at the time the crime occurs. That goes for the Code of Criminal Procedure (which sets out rules for prosecution and trials), the probation rules, whatever. They’re to be followed pending upon the date of the offense, and we’re bound by that law.”
“We believe it’s in their best interest and in the community’s best interest to have them stay right there,” Kolb said.
The teens, ages 12, 14, and 16, could be put in jail until they turn 19, if they are convicted under charges of animal cruelty resulting in death.
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