Punish Teen Accused of Slashing Puppy and Leaving it to Die

Target: Matthew Schutte, State’s Attorney, Henry County, Illinois

Goal: Seek the harshest possible punishment for a teen accused of violently slashing a puppy.

A teen has been charged with animal torture and aggravated animal cruelty after allegedly slashing a puppy’s throat. The teen, who has not been named due to his age, is accused of using a box cutter to slash the puppy several times before putting the animal into a bag and leaving it to die. The puppy, named Thor, was found with lacerations to the throat and abrasions on his back. Fortunately, with lots of veterinary care, including surgeries, he survived.

Animal welfare advocates are currently campaigning to have the 17-year-old teen tried as an adult. According to Stephanie Ince, organizer of a rally for Thor, “He’s grown enough to cut a puppy’s throat and leave him to die, he’s old enough to be tried as an adult.” Being tried as an adult would mean harsher penalties as well as the crime staying on the teen’s record, making it easier to prosecute him if he should re-offend in the future. If convicted, the accused would have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

This shocking act of cruelty was deliberate, and Thor is lucky to be alive. Teens and children who commit this type of cruelty are at a higher risk of violence toward animals or even humans later in life. In order to ensure that no more people are hurt by the person responsible for this horrific crime, they must be punished harshly. Sign below to ask the prosecutor to seek the maximum possible punishment for this teen, if he is found guilty.


Dear Mr. Schutte,

A 17-year-old teen is facing charges after allegedly slashing a puppy’s throat, tying it into a bag, and leaving it to die. The puppy, now named Thor, was found with abrasions on his back and four lacerations on this throat. Animal welfare advocates are seeking to have the unnamed teen tried as an adult — according to Stephanie Ince, organizer of a rally for Thor, “He’s grown enough to cut a puppy’s throat and leave him to die, he’s old enough to be tried as an adult.”

Teens who commit violent acts against animals are at risk of committing future acts of violence. For this reason, it’s imperative that the person responsible is properly punished and rehabilitated. We, the undersigned, call on you to seek justice for Thor.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  2. kasturi bao says:

    Well said my friend. I know there r good n kind people here on earth n that good will triumph over evil.n it will. Man itseems have forgotten what the meaning of humane really means. Well retribution is always on the high alert I tell u n when it’s activated ah then u will know ha!.


  4. Michelle Kang says:

    People who do this need to be called out. Minor or not…this is disgusting.

  5. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law that is so cruel and mean should not be allowed to have animalsat all he should be locked down for quite a while for his actions that is so wrong for him to do an animal like that he knew better than that

  6. Patricia Best says:

    I totally agree people should pay for there actions abusing an animal or children is against the law and should be horrible acts for ahumanto do

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