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Teen Tied Family’s Dog To Tree, Repeatedly Slashed Pet To Death With Sword

Published: November 11, 2021 at 07:47 PM Author: Penny Eims

Lake County, Florida – A Florida teenager is accused of a horrific act of cruelty that claimed the life of his family’s pet dog. The 17-year-old allegedly tied his family’s retriever mix to a tree in a wooded area near his home, then used a katana-style sword to repeatedly slash the dog to death.

The teenager’s mother and step-father contacted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, November 7, to let them know that the boy had admitted to killing the family dog. According to the parents, the teenager had a “history of violence,” and they admitted to fearing for their safety, as well as for the safety of their other kids, and pets.

Responding deputies found a sword in the boy’s bedroom, hidden between the mattress and box-spring of his bed. The weapon still had blood and fur on it. The dog’s body was found in a wooded area not far from the family’s home. The deputy’s police report stated that the dog had died  “a very inhumane and cruel death.”

Deputies said that the dog’s body had multiple stab and slash wounds, and that part of the canine’s face was missing; the wounds were determined to be consistent with the sword that was found in the teenager’s bedroom.

The teenager, whose identity has not been publicly released due to his age, was booked into the Lake County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty. He was then transferred to the Lifestream Behavioral Center for involuntary commitment.

It goes without saying…this was an appalling act of cruelty. Not only does this young man need to pay for what he did, but he also needs mental help to prevent him from hurting anyone else. Please add your name to this petition as we fight for maximum punishment for the aggravated animal cruelty charge. We will also be demanding a full mental evaluation and requesting psychiatric help, in addition to a lifetime ban on pet ownership.

*Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.


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Update: Animal Victory has sent 20,543 signatures to Sheriff Peyton Grinnell and Sergeant Earl Ray.  

Teen Tied Family's Dog To Tree, Repeatedly Slashed Pet To Death With Sword

20,589 signatures = 103% of goal

20,589 laura raforth Jun 25, 2022
20,588 Olga Espinoza I hope you rot in jail Jun 22, 2022
20,587 Renata Losada Jun 19, 2022
20,586 Mette Madsen Jun 19, 2022
20,585 Debbie Mccollum Jun 12, 2022
20,584 Joseph Fandl Sr Jun 12, 2022
20,583 Teresa Ullstrup Jun 12, 2022
20,582 Robert Cheeks Jun 06, 2022
20,581 Karin Heusel Jun 02, 2022
20,580 Robert Bosch Jun 02, 2022
20,579 Sara Sampkin May 29, 2022
20,578 Janice VanMarter May 29, 2022
20,577 Daniel Avichail May 22, 2022
20,576 Melissa Ruppert May 16, 2022
20,575 Heather Ramsdell May 14, 2022
20,574 Marion Friedl May 14, 2022
20,573 Alessia Di Buono May 14, 2022
20,572Anonymous May 14, 2022
20,571 Kelly Kalish May 14, 2022
20,570 christy brack this boy should not see the light of day May 13, 2022
20,569 Kristi Martin May 03, 2022
20,568 Sonia Garcia He should be given the maximum for what he has done. He doesn't deserve to be out..if he will do this to animal what makes you think he won't do it a human being. May 01, 2022
20,567 Richard Weavil Lock this sadist up and throw away the key. His parents should also be punished for not having action against him BEFORE the incident. They obviously previously knew he was a mental case, Apr 30, 2022
20,566 Helene Lepage Apr 27, 2022
20,565 Katherine Weesner Apr 26, 2022
20,564 C G Apr 26, 2022
20,563 May Clanton Apr 26, 2022
20,562 Wendy vanvelthoven Apr 23, 2022
20,561 Mary Channell Apr 22, 2022
20,560 Sharon Hasek Apr 21, 2022