In a troubling turn of events out of Saratoga Springs, New York, an 11-year-old girl was charged with two felonies for allegedly beating a puppy to death with her bare hands.
The girl, whose name was not released due to being prosecuted as a juvenile, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and second-degree criminal mischief after an investigation by State Police. According to a report by The Post Star, the young girl repeatedly slammed the 13-week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel against the floor and a bed post until the puppy was dead.
The pre-teen, a child in foster care, wanted her foster mother to give her a ride somewhere. When her foster mom said no, the girl killed the family’s pet.
Her aggravated animal cruelty charge is obvious, the second-degree criminal mischief charge relates to the dog belonging to another person and having a value of over $1,500. Can you imagine placing a dollar value on your family dog?
Because of her age, the case is being handled by Warren County Family Court. The courts will decide whether to place the foster child into a diversion program or to prosecute.
Either way, properly handling the situation is important, as a solid link between young children hurting animals and those same children being violent as they grow up is proven. For an 11-year old girl to commit such heinous acts is clearly an indication of deeper problems.
According to the New York Daily News,
A 2001 FBI report on youth violence found that the harming or killing of animals can serve as a “red flag” for identifying a child’s potential for violent behavior with other people — or shed light on the child’s personal victimization.
Warren County officials have declined to comment on the case.