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Tuesday, Jan 8, 2002County: Alameda
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» 12 year old boy
» 13 year old boy
» 15 year old boy
Two East Bay juveniles are in custody, and a third is being sought, in connection with a cruel act against a dog. Police say the suspects set fire to a young pit bull, dousing it with flammable liquid. The four- to six-month old puppy is being treated for burns at the VCA Animal Hospital in Oakland.
Police say witnesses told them the boys are involved in dog fighting. The suspects in custody are 12 and 13 years old, and have been turned over to juvenile authorities.
The boys have admitted to setting a pit bull puppy on fire while a third youth has acknowledged that he forced it to fight another dog, a prosecutor said yesterday. The boys admitted to a felony charge of animal cruelty, while a 15-year-old boy admitted to a felony charge of dog fighting, said Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Walter Jackson.
The two younger boys will remain in custody at Alameda County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro pending a sentencing hearing on Feb. 5. The 15-year-old boy has been released but will wear an electronic monitoring device, Jackson said. That youth will be sentenced Feb. 14.
All three will undergo psychological evaluations and could face up to three years in a juvenile detention facility, Jackson said.
The youths told police they had thrown flammable material on the stray dog on Jan. 8 after it beat another pit bull puppy in a fight they staged outside an East Oakland apartment building, said police Sgt. Arturo Bautista.
The puppy, which suffered burns over one-quarter of its body, is being held at the Oakland Animal Shelter. It will be available for adoption after the boys are sentenced.
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