In Cambridge, Illinois, the 17-year-old accused of intentionally torturing a puppy by tying it up in a bag and slashing it several times with a box cutter, appeared in court on Thursday morning and now faces additional charges. He’s charged with animal torture as well as aggravated animal cruelty. The Henry County State’s Attorney wants him to be tried as an adult.
According to KwqcNews, the youth appeared in juvenile court, which is closed to the public, accompanied by a court appointed lawyer. Outside of the courtroom, a crowd of animal advocates, along with the puppy now named Thor, gathered in support of justice and more stringent punishments for animal abusers. A petition titled Justice for Thor started by Stephanie Ince, has garnered more than 51,000 signatures.
On July 25, the Henry County Humane Society reported the discovery of a two-month-old puppy at the Lakeland Terrace Housing Project. When found, the puppy was lying helplessly on the grass with four deep lacerations to his throat as well as a cut on his back. The pup was transported to Dr. Chris Ryan; the puppy dubbed Thor, appeared to have wounds intentionally inflicted:
“We don’t typically see wounds like that from accidents, and it kind of looks like it’s on purpose, stated Dr. Ryan to NewsKwQC. “It seems like he’s doing just fine and I think he’ll make a full recovery, but it just could have been a lot worse.
Thor is thought to be a Labrador retriever and pit bull mix. When found, his wounds, believed to have been inflicted within the last 24 hours were inundated with maggots. The good news is Thor is recovering from his injuries and already wants to play – just like any puppy.
The juvenile’s next court date is set for August 23rd. At that time the judge may rule on whether the teenager will be tried as an adult. If found guilty as a juvenile, the teen could face the maximum punishment of five years in custody or until he turns 21.
(Photos Henry County Humane Society and screenshot via KwqcNews)
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