We have all heard about children being violent towards animals but usually family pets are not the target. According to Salinas police, this indeed was the case after a 12-year-old admitted killing his pet, a terrier-mix weighing about 12 pounds.
Even more gruesome was the manner of the killing. When police arrived, they found the dog hanging from its collar on a bedroom door handle, obviously dead.
Police reports said that the boy admitted the killing, saying, “I was mad at the dog so I killed it.”
The first report of the incident came in shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday, when an unidentified female called 911 stating “he is hurting the dog” before struggling with someone while on the phone. The female then hung up without going into detail about what was happening at the residence in the 300 block of Front Street.
When police arrived, the occupants of the apartment in the 300 block of Front Street refused to open the door. Officers obtained a pass key and then reported they found a dead terrier-mix dog of about 12 pounds hanging by its collar on the bedroom door handle.
The juvenile came out of a bedroom and told the officer that he wanted to see the dog die and showed no remorse for his behavior, according to the police report.
He was booked in Monterey County Juvenile Hall for felony cruelty to an animal. According to Salinas police chief Kelly McMillin, the act was senseless and even harder to understand. “This is kind of a scary thing, when you see children killing innocent animals.”
The investigation into the incident continues, police said. If anyone has further information, call the WeTip hotline at 1-800-782-7463.
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