Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
Three teenage boys, ages 12, 14, and 16, have been accused of torturing and beheading a girl’s dog named Tobey in Seguin, Texas. The teenagers are currently in custody at a juvenile detention center.
Many people around the world are outraged and frustrated by this animal cruelty case and want the teenagers to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb said she has received numerous letters, emails and faxes that express anger and shock over the incident.
People writing have asked Kolb to prosecute the teenagers under a new law that would sentence them to 10 years in jail. She said she will try her best to push for the maximum sentence, but it may be challenging because it happened before the new law went into place.
“We believe it’s in their best interest and in the community’s best interest to have them stay right there,” Kolb said.
Even a song has been written in response to this horrible incident. English songwriter Maria Daines wrote a song called “Tears for Tobey”.
A hearing is set for tomorrow and this will determine how quickly the case will be prosecuted.
If they are convicted of animal cruelty charges, the teenagers could be in prison until they are 19.