In Tate County, Mississippi, a juvenile who confessed to intentionally torturing and setting a dog on fire late last week will not face charges because of his age. On Wednesday afternoon, the Tate County Sheriff’s Office announced they had obtained a statement from the juvenile confessing to purposely setting the friendly dog “Buddy” on fire late last week.
According to the Tate County Sheriff’s Office Brad Lance, the child is under the age of 12, and in Mississippi he can not be charged with a crime. Had the juvenile been over 12-years-old, he would have faced felony animal cruelty punishable by up to three years in prison. Laws need to be changed.
One week ago, the friendly dog returned to his home with an extension cord around his neck; his face blackened and his fur burned and charred. Four days later, the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person exceeded $10,000.
According to the Tunica Humane Society, there will be no reward paid in Buddy’s case. There were no tips that led to the end result. The case was solved by the Tate County Sheriff’s Office. Money for the reward has never been collected – only pledges. No one will profit from this senseless act of cruelty.
And from now on, the rescue organization wants to concentrate on Buddy’s recovery. It is possible that Buddy’s eyes are still intact, although he may have suffered damage to his eyelids, lower lids and tear ducts. Those injuries are able to be surgically corrected.
He will be receiving skin grafts from North Atlantic cod fish which has been very successful in treating both humans and animals. Buddy suffers from third and fourth-degree burns on his face, second-degree burns in his ears, and other burns around his eyes.
We will continue to follow Buddy’s recovery.
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