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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

20,684 signatures = 103% of goal


20,684 Sherrie Darce Sep 30, 2023
20,683 Sally Wood No, not mental health care! what he needs is to locked away forever because someones kid will be next, and whoever turns him loose will also have that childs blood on their hands Sep 25, 2023
20,682 karen Wible Sep 20, 2023
20,681 Ruth Tonkin Please stop these mentally ill monsters that hurt animals!!! Sep 12, 2023
20,680Anonymous Aug 28, 2023
20,679 Linda Deboer Jul 25, 2023
20,678 Dr Tracey Reed B.V.M.S. Jul 24, 2023
20,677 Tom Piz I hope he is put away for a long time, He is a horrific human being. Jul 18, 2023
20,676 Crissy Jacobson Jul 17, 2023
20,675 Jason Cuevas Jul 16, 2023
20,674 Deborah Smith Jul 14, 2023
20,673 Gina Badami Jul 08, 2023
20,672 Nancy Stephan Jun 23, 2023
20,671 Eric Ward Jun 17, 2023
20,670 Vera Krasnovskaya Jun 17, 2023
20,669 Quade Prescott Jun 04, 2023
20,668 Shelley Smith May 06, 2023
20,667 Krista Sanders May 01, 2023
20,666 Kathy Hamilton May 01, 2023
20,665 Amy Kish Apr 04, 2023
20,664 Duangphorn Van strien Apr 02, 2023
20,663 Adrienne Venditti Mar 30, 2023
20,662 ROSSELLO Brigitte Mar 14, 2023
20,661 M W Mar 12, 2023
20,660 Grace VanEss Mar 09, 2023
20,659 Amalia Kadam Mar 09, 2023
20,658 Alana Ambrose Mar 08, 2023
20,657 Nancy Donnelly Mar 03, 2023
20,656 Marlena Wojciechowska Mar 03, 2023
20,655 Mary Gibson Mar 03, 2023