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Tuesday, May 3, 2005County: Belmont
Disposition: Not Charged
Abuser names unreleased
A young boy is accused of taking a neighbor's pet and burying it alive. The incident allegedly happened May 3 in Martins Ferry.
A woman says she overheard two kids talking about killing cats, and that prompted her to see if her own cat was okay. She told police she found her pet buried alive in a drainage ditch, with debris crammed in around it to prevent escape.
Those with the Belmont County Animal Shelter says they rarely ever have cases of children trying to kill animals, but they say similar situations sometimes show a much deeper problem.
"A lot of times they are abused or there is abuse in the family. Sometimes you just have a mean person that doesn't like the animal, but pet abuse is part of people being abused themselves. They learn from family members," said shelter employee Valerie Douglass.
The child denies any involvement, however police say if any animal abuse happens again, the boy could face criminal charges.
- WTOV - May 5, 2005
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