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7-year-old beats Shih Tzu, can’t be charged

As if all the recent stories of teenagers abusing, torturing and killing dogs weren’t dismal enough, now comes news out of Las Vegas of a 7-year-old mercilessly beating a Shih Tzu.

The dog was reportedly knocked nearly unconscious, spent two nights at an animal hospital, suffered burst blood vessels in his eyes, a partially broken jaw and lost several teeth, according to KTNV.

The owner of the dog, named Wiggles, says the boy snuck into her yard in North Las Vegas and began beating him.

“I really want justice to be done and somebody to be punished,” said owner Cynthia Carrillo. “Somebody needs to be talked to, to find out what is going through this little kid’s mind to want to do something like that.”

North Las Vegas police say that because the age of intent in Nevada is eight, the child can’t be charged. They are looking into the possibility of charging his parents though.

Wiggles is unable to eat solid food and may have to undergo surgery to fix his jaw.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time June 29, 2009 at 8:45 am

In the case of a seven-year-old, I’d have to wonder what’s going on at home. Kids just don’t develop that way if they’re living in healthy environments. Kids can begin learning by the time they’re about two that other beings–other kids, adults, and animals–have feelings. It takes them a while to get the message, but eventually they do, and they certainly know it by the time they start school. This is different from two seventeen-year-olds setting a dog on fire. They were perfectly aware that the animal was suffering and callously did the action anyway. We don’t know if this child had that awareness or not. But whether he did or he didn’t, something is wrong with him.

And, yeah, that means that the supposedly responsible parents need to be held accountable for the behavior. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with seven as the age of intent–it’s been the age of reason throughout human history.

Comment from Mary Haight
Time June 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Any child who does such a thing needs to be under the constant care of a psychiatrist until such time as they deem fit, and have a full scale medical examination (neurologist) along with a DCFS agent needs to oversee this entire family and their dynamics. This level of violence is highly suspect and I assume it has either a medical basis or this child has been abused or witnessed abuse all his life.

I agree the parents need to be held responsible.

Comment from Anne
Time July 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Forget about sending him to shrink.

I don’t care how old he is.

I’d beat him so badly he’d be eating food from a straw.

That would put the fear of God in him and make him afraid to even breath funny on an animal or human being again.

Comment from Fran
Time October 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Where were the 7 year old child’s parents?
If they do not charge the child, the parents should definately be charged.
The boy is evil which means he would not think twice about doing it to a baby.

Comment from Haha
Time May 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I bet he was WHITE