Three teenage boys, 12, 14 and 16 years old in Guadalupe County, TX got their sick twisted jollies off of torturing a small dog to death! This crime is just beyond horrific!
The walked into Stephanie Tavere’s yard and stole her beloved little Pomeranian mix puppy, Tobey, and took it to an abandoned house where they cruelly and mercilessly tortured it to death! This little dog, who had probably never known anything but gentle kindness, caring and pampering was repeatedly thrown out of a second story window then when it’s legs were broken they hung it from a tree and beat it like a pinata then decapitated it! There was also evidence that the dog was burned while it was still alive!
It makes me ill just to think of the pain and agony this poor dog endured!
A neighbor saw suspicious activity and called the police. Deputy Brian Wahlert was dispatched to Glenewinkel Road at 8:47 p.m. to investigate suspicious activity near an abandoned house.
“When the officer got out there, he found the boys and got to questioning them,” Jordan said.
At least one of the juveniles reportedly had blood on his clothing, and when the officer asked questions, he found the answers offered by each didn’t add up.
Continued investigation revealed the tortured and mutilated animal. Jordan said Investigator Robert Murphy was called to process the crime scene and collect evidence and statements.
Investigators found the dog had been hanged, beaten to death and then decapitated. In addition, it sustained burns and other major injuries.
The three teens were arrested and are being held on charges of animal cruelty resulting in death are being held in the Guadalupe County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Detention hearings were conducted Wednesday afternoon before County Court-at-Law Judge Linda Z. Jones, who ordered all three boys, detained for 10 working days.
While at the facility they will go to previously scheduled medical appointments, attend classes in the detention center and undergo psychological evaluations as ordered by the judge at the request of prosecutor Nan Udell, who represents the office of County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb.
“The psychological evaluations will determine their history and any mental health issues we need to address or at least be aware of as we move forward,” said Ron Quiros, Guadalupe County’s chief juvenile probation officer.
Nan Udell, an assistant co-attorney, said that local law enforcement is very disturbed about the animal cruelty and even more disturbed by the fact that the boys show no remorse whatsoever for the crime they committed.
“We’re very concerned about that,” Udell said. “They have been asked to have psychological testing so we can see if this is a pattern or a fluke. We don’t know right now.”
“These individuals appear to be so dangerous that we shouldn’t have them in our society,” said Udell.
“This is a wake up call, because really bad things can happen here,” said Nan Udell, an assistant Guadalupe County attorney. It may be one of the saddest cases Udell has had to prosecute in the county.
“This is a crime of power over something that is helpless,” added Udell.
If proved at trial for an adult, animal cruelty is punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
In the juvenile setting, Quiros said Jones could sentence the boys to serve time at the Texas Youth Commission.
“If adjudicated, the judge has the discretion in disposition to commit them to the TYC or place them on probation to receive any treatment she feels to be necessary for this type of offense,” Quiros said.
Udell doesn’t think this case will go to court. She predicts all three teens will most likely be sent to the Texas Youth Commission until they are 19 years old.
“This kind of extreme cruelty will not be tolerated and will be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb said. “But with juveniles, we have to remember we have a chance of rehabilitating them, and, of course, we will make every effort to see that they are placed somewhere that can give them the help they need while at the same time protecting the public from children who do vicious things.”
It seems that animal cruelty cases by children and teens are escalating and you continually hear that they have no remorse for what they did, that they don’t see anything wrong with it!! What is wrong with these kids?? How have they been brought up that they place no value on life? It’s kids like this that grow up to populate our jails for even more serious crimes, that grow up to be killers! It’s been proven again and again the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence.
This is just one of the results of kids today who see ‘role models’ perpetrating horrific violence against animals. They emulate and think it’s okay. This is the lesson they learn and people wonder why we come down so heavy on ‘celebs’ who do this kind of stuff, this is why!
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