Target: Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney
Goal: Demand psychiatric intervention for boy who allegedly beat a neighbor’s dog to death.
A young boy who allegedly lured his neighbor’s dogs outside the yard and beat one to death with a stick has been charged with felony animal cruelty and delinquent behavior. According to a witness, the 11-year-old boy was seen kicking and waving a large stick at two dogs that were trying to hide under a truck. When the witness circled back around, she saw one of the dogs laying lifeless on a porch and the boy walking away from it, stick in hand.
A necropsy found that Cookie, the neighbor’s 15-pound Cavalier King Charles mix, died of a crushed skull and severe trauma to the spinal cord. According to animal control, these injuries are consistent with a severe beating. According to a statement, police later found part of the weapon used to beat the dog in the child’s backyard.
As childhood animal cruelty is the biggest predictor of future violent behavior, this sort of brutality from a child is extremely alarming. Psychologists suggest that children over the age of of six or seven are able to understand that animal abuse causes pain and suffering not unlike what a human would feel. At this age, animal abuse is usually a sign of an underlying psychological problem.
While this cruel act was perpetrated by a child, it is imperative that the boy understands the seriousness of his actions in order to nip these violent tendencies in the bud. Sign the petition below to demand that this child receives a mental health intervention to ensure that this violence is not repeated or escalated.
Dear Ms. Sharen Wilson,
A young boy who allegedly beat his neighbor’s dog to death with a stick was recently charged with animal cruelty and delinquent conduct by Fort Worth police. According to witnesses, the boy lured two dogs out of their yard and kicked at them as they were hiding until he flushed one out. The boy was later seen walking away from a dead dog with the weapon in hand, which was later found in his backyard.
This type of brutal violence against an animal is often a signifier of a deeper psychological issue, and children who are violent against animals often escalate their behavior to violence against other people. We, the undersigned, ask you to ensure that this boy receives proper mental health care in order to stop this violent behavior before it happens again.
[Your Name Here]
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