On Sunday night, a Jacksonville, Florida, woman allegedly attacked her family’s dog with a butcher knife, later explaining to officers that she wanted to “know what it felt like.”
Two nights earlier, in California, a 12-year-old boy told police he’d hung the family dog because he wanted to see it die.
Let’s be clear. That’s not curiosity. That’s psychotic behavior, and if convicted they both should get to know what prison feels like, for a long time.
News 4 in Jacksonville reported that 22-year-old Mariessa Caggiano stabbed the family’s 10-year old Labrador retriever seven times with an 8-inch knife.
Authorities said Caggiano stabbed the dog once in the family driveway, and that the dog ran off with the knife still in her. Caggiano chased the dog into a neighbor’s yard and stabbed it about six more times, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The dog, still alive when authorities arrived, was rushed to a veterinary hospital, but was not expected to live.
Officers said Caggiano admitted to stabbing the dog because she w”anted to see what it felt like.” She was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.
In Salinas, California, a 12-year-old boy was placed in juvenile hall after allegedly hanging a dog because, he reportedly told officers, he wanted to see the animal die.
The boy, not named, was booked Friday into Monterey County Juvenile Hall on felony animal-cruelty charges, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Police said they were called to an apartment by a woman who sounded as if she was struggling with someone and yelled, “He’s hurting the dog.” When they arrived, they found the 12-pound terrier-mix dead, hanging by its collar on a bedroom door handle.
The boy came out of the bedroom showing no remorse, police said, and told officers, “I was mad at the dog so I killed it.”
(Photo: Mariessa Caggiano, courtesy of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)
Posted by jwoestendiek October 30th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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A beagle named Sparky is suspected of starting a fire that damaged the home of a Virginia firefighter.
Glenn Ross was about to sit down to dinner at Alexandria Fire Department Station 206 Tuesday evening when he heard a familiar address come across the radio — that of his home in Franconia.
Arriving at his house, Ross learned his wife had not been home, and his two dogs — Sparky and Brownie — had been rescued, though both were unconscious on a neighbor’s lawn. Firefighters had found the dogs under a table in the kitchen, where both spend the day.
Investigators said the fire started when a box of dog treats left on the stove top ignited, WUSA reported.
Ross believes that one of the dogs, most likely Sparky, jumped up trying to get the treats and accidentally turned on a burner.
Ross said a five-year-old neighbor saw smoke coming from the home and ran in to get his grandparents who called 911.
Both dogs were recovering at Alexandria Animal Hospital and Veterinary Emergency Service, where they were being treated for smoke inhalation and corneal burns.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 10th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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