Teen Who Killed Family Dog Sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — An Albert Lea teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his family’s dog was sentenced to 90 to 120 days in an out-of home placement.

The prosecuting attorney said that the 17-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of mistreating an animal.

The teen admitted to killing the family Chihuahua with a brick in October after an officer found the dog next to a cinder block in a pool of blood.

According to police, one of brothers of the 17-year-old told them his brother had been upset lately because the family had recently given away one of the dog’s puppies.

When confronted, police said the teen admitted to killing the dog and said he has “unpredictable behavior.”

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  • disgusted

    I still think we should throw a brick at his head to let him know how it would feel.
    I think Jeffrey Dahmer started off this way!

  • Rod Julius

    I’d like to get ahold of him, blame the outcome on my, “unpredictable behavior”

  • @ all

    Guess we need to kill moms and kids like Krueger to just get community service and no outrage….an animal tho?-off with the head.

  • rml

    That’s all this monster gets?! What an outrage. “Unpredictable behavior”? What the heck, so next time someone kills a dog, or a person, or kills someone while driving drunk, is that going to be unpredictable behavior too? The laws need to be changed!!!! This just tells people like this that it is OK and you will be forgiven. This outcome is as sickening as the crime itself.

  • SO SAD

    Have you people ever considered that this young man has physiological problems that should have been addressed many years ago? Let’s blame the parents instead. They are the ones that never got help for their son.

    • ^^Agree^^


  • Mark Edwards

    Place him in the out of home situation…..but breake both his legs first and let him crawl there on his own.

  • teapartier

    Has anyone ever heard the command “Love they neiighbor as theyselof”??

  • Dave

    I dont think this is that big of a deal, but what happens when he gets a family and he gets mad, i dought he will take it out on the dog

  • Dave

    I dont think this is that big of a deal, but what happens when he gets a family and he gets mad, i dought he will take it out on the dog. Teaching him anger managment now is the big thing.

    • @Dave

      You “dought” wow thats an amazing job of spelling. DOUBT

    • Really?


      It is a big deal. 70% of the people who abuse animals also abuse people. For all the people that say this isn’t a big deal, he has a 70% chance of going after a person. Things like this are a precurser and need to be stopped ASAP.

  • person

    People, it is NOT ok to say things like “smash his head” or “break his legs”////This puts you right down where this sick soul is.

  • bubba55124

    Wow a whole 120 days before He starts killing people,can you say future serial killer. What a waste of skin.

  • b

    it was wrong to kill a dog but really its a dog if my dogs are not good dogs or are old i am going to shoot them its only a dog who cares the officer should get jail time for being on other peoples business

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