In Bedminster, Pennsylvania, three youngsters were reported to have thrown rocks at a woman’s German shepherd while the dog was tethered safely in the family’s backyard. The five-year-old dog named Tex, suffered serious injuries including two broken teeth, abrasions, bruises and welts along his back.
The boys – the youngest identified as seven years old, will not be charged with animal cruelty. Bedminster Police Officer Nikki Thompson responded to the call from the dog’s owner, Patty Jantzen, and stated the family had already left for the emergency veterinarian to treat their dog when police arrived. According to Fox29News, police have spoken to the family several times by phone and met with the families of the children involved in the attack, but have stated the boys are too young to face animal cruelty charges.
Patty has spoken out on social media explaining the reasons the family is infuriated about the lack of response to the animal cruelty situation which took place at their home nearly three weeks ago and the lack of any justice for their dog:
“The police originally came out once within 5 mins of being called, which would have been great if we were actually home from the emergency vet & hadn’t asked him to wait an hour for us to get back! Then it took a week to reach him by phone for him to tell us the Humane Officer would be handling it now & it’s really a civil matter because the kids are too young to prosecute. He did a telephone interview with me to complete his report, stating it wasn’t necessary for him to come out & meet with anyone involved!”
According to Patty, the humane officer assigned to the case hasn’t been very helpful, after telling her the children had just been “playing” with Tex and “thinks things got out of hand.”
“…she said she spoke with the other families involved and that the children (who are too young to be charged) were just playing with Tex and thinks things got out of hand. She said it’s a civil matter now & it’s about a property issue! MY DOG IS NOT PROPERTY! He is our family member, I hurt for him like he was one of my children when this happened!! Those monsters stoned our family member!”
Authorities say education is the key here. Obviously, this solution isn’t much consolation to the family.
(Photos of Tex who suffered injuries after children threw rocks at him via Facebook and FoxNews)
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