This is definitely not going to be a “sweetness and light” post about how wonderful children are. Some children very well may be. But these children (and I use this word LOOSELY) definitely are not.
Sad thing is that the boys themselves showed absolutely no remorse for their deed. A neighbor who reportedly SAW the boys DID NOTHING TO INTERVENE (duh!). I’d have yanked them all by their ears or whatever I could get ahold of, and let CPS worry about what to do with my ass later. Meanwhile several “children” would have a tough time sitting down when I’m done with them.
The parents, great thespians that THEY are, expressed shock (all for the camera, baby) at what their spawn had done. Sure. Yeah. Right. Well, what the hell else are they supposed to do? ADMIT that they have little psychopaths in training living with them?
Sheesh. This really makes my blood boil. Animals are the innocents in this scenario. Children? Bah. Not this lot anyway. To these children, I say, go play in the street. With some very sharp instruments. Play with YOURSELVES. Leave the animals alone.
[Article reproduced in full]
Oct. 22, 2002, 9:12AM
Boys charged in torture and stoning of cat
By KEVIN MORAN
Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle
GALVESTON — Seven boys stoned a cat to death as it hung by a back leg from a wooden fence, police said.
The female black cat was missing her right front leg and was already dead when Galveston police Officer Joel Caldwell and several other patrolmen arrived in an alley in the 3800 block of Avenue M about 6:50 p.m. Sunday.
Six of the boys were charged with felony animal abuse. Five of them are 10 years old and one is 11, police said.
The seventh boy is 8, too young under state law to be charged, police said.
“What amazes me the most is the savagery these kids displayed,” Caldwell said. “They showed no remorse for the cat at all. They had remorse for getting caught by the police.”
Caldwell, who investigates animal abuse cases for the Galveston department, said it is unclear how the cat ended up hanging from the fence or exactly how its leg was torn off.
Lori Alexander, a veterinary technician at the Galveston Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, said the center’s staff frequently sees animal neglect cases but has not handled such a serious act as that committed Sunday.
While the boys appeared unremorseful, their parents were shocked at the incident and cooperated with police, Caldwell said. The boys, who have no previous criminal record, were released to parents late Sunday pending setting of a juvenile court hearing.
The boys all admitted being present while the cat was tortured, but each denied participating, Caldwell said.
A person whose home overlooks the alley in which the cat died told police all the boys were throwing stones at the cat before it died.
Police had no motive for the killing.
“We don’t know whether one of them thought it would be a neat thing and the others just joined in or what,” Caldwell said.
“What will they be like when they’re 17?”
Under juvenile law, the boys could be committed to the Texas Youth Commission until they turn 18 if convicted. But Caldwell said it is more likely they will be placed on probation if found guilty.