More charges for Illinois juvenile accused of slashing puppy with box cutter

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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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17 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    This punk NEEDS to be prosecuted as an adult – 17 years old and already on the way to becoming a serial killer – his inhumane actions deserve to have him put away for a long time – no slapping of the wrists – this bastard needs a real dose of justice for what he did to an innocent defenseless dog – PLEASE TRY HIM AS A ADULT – there is NO excuse for his abuse of Thor, This little puppy deserves justice for the suffering he was forced to endure.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    To my way of thinking, a 17 year old is old enough to know right from wrong and know that this isn’t something you do to an innocent puppy! He needs to be tried as an adult because that is what he is! I hope they put this thug away for a good long time, what he did to this poor puppy is horrifying!

  3. SLV says:

    Whatever happened to mama dog and the rest of the puppies. There was never an update to their whereabouts and it was feared they were also victims of this POS monster???

  4. Helen says:

    This human trash should be tried as an adult and given the maximum sentence. Let him be jailed in an adult prison where sex offenders view teenager boys as bitches. Let him feel fear, pain and helplessness, then just maybe he’ll learn not to prey on helpless puppies or any animal, although I doubt it. Moral compass is not in this low life’s DNA. I’m happy Thor has recovered and doing well. Where is Thor now?

  5. Marsha Flynn Squibb says:

    I hope someone beats the fucken snot out of him,or better….Break Every bone in his useless body…..These actions escalate to children elderly etc…..Lock this sewer scum up for 5 years or more……Fucken coward picking on a puppy!!!!!!Karma!!!!!!!!

  6. penny'sdachshund says:

    IT IS ABOUT TIME!!!!!! the judicial system starts getting their own POOP in a GROUP and dealing out SOME HARSH and MEANINGFUL PUNISHMENT to these PSYCHOPATHIC <MORONIC< ASSHOLES!!!! ANIMAL"S NEED JUSTICE TO PREVAIL FOR A CHANGE!!!

  7. pamela bolton says:

    I pray the judge tries him as an adult. this is the ONLY way this” sub human’ will get the message that animal abuse of ANY KIND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. “A child” would not do this to an animal. This was intentional and thought out. He brought the box cutter, he brought the bag. This was intentional and needs punished as such. Try him as an adult and put him in jail for, no less, than 5 years. Animal abuse HAS GOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Now is the time to start.

  8. Pamela Garlisch says:

    He does need to be tried as an adult because he knew what he was doing but the judge really needs a harsh sentence for him. Glad the puppy is going to get better.

  9. Sherry says:

    Saw the update that this district attorney wants this maggot charged as an adult! Well blow me down; I’m smiling and thinking we might have an animal loving judge with a backbone for a change! Still praying for the puppy’s future; what a horrific past he’s had to endure due to some sadist piece of crap that is unsalvageable and a pitiful disgrace to mankind!

  10. Red says:

    TRY HIM AS AN ADULT!!! This worthless excuse of a human is demented and needs to be locked away! If he can do this to a helpless puppy….he is a serial killer in training!

  11. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! This POS is well on his way to doing even worse,and well on his way to a life of violent crime and prison! HE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED NOW!!


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