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Police: Boy shoots dog he thought barked too much

Police say an 11-year-old Spotsylvania County boy shot a neighbor's dog because he thought it barked too much.

The boy is being held at the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center on charges of animal cruelty and several weapons-related counts. He wasn't identified.

The Spotsylvania County sheriff's office said Thursday that the boy shot Molly, a German Shepherd mix, on Monday with a .22-caliber rifle he had stolen.

Molly's owner found her lying on his front porch with a gunshot wound to the neck. The dog was treated at an animal hospital and was released.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  |  January 28, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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A true serial killer in the making

Posted by: kernunnos1367 | January 28, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Um, we are talking about a dog, right? Not a human, but a dog. A dog who has no real role on this earth other than to follow orders from its owners. Isn't that in itself animal cruelty? We humans need to stop being such hypocrites and admit that dogs serve no single, necessary purpose on this earth, so in that sense, what's the harm in the death of a single dog?

However, for consitency's sake I hope this Virginia court throws the book at this kid similar to how another VA court threw the book at Michale Vick for his, gasp, animal cruelty. At least the kid didn't use the gun on a human. We humans have lost all rational perspective when it comes to domestic animals.

Posted by: BCTW | January 28, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse


Even if you view dogs solely as property, this boy just shot property, damaging it, and that in itself is a crime.

Posted by: Hembo | January 28, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

It usually starts with torturing animals.

Posted by: 2b4travis | January 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: pburton1 | January 28, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"The dog was treated at an animal hospital and was released."

The dog didn't even die. Nice shootin', little tex!

Posted by: steampunk | January 28, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Who ever the child "stole" the gun from should also face prosecution. All firearm owners should take responsibilty for safely storing their guns out of reach. An 11 yr old child should not be able to get ahold of your gun.

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 28, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Punk. Next stop: serial killing.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 28, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

If Michael Vick's serial dog torture elicits only a sarcastic "gasp" from someone, that is far from a "rational perspective" -- it's violent and dangerous and depraved.

I fail to understand why anyone would want to decriminalize cruelty to animals. Those laws have been on the books since colonial times, longer than our nation has even been a country. If you don't like it, why don't you move to some other country.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | January 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Second Hembo.

BCTW, there are a lot of things on this earth that don't serve any particular purpose.

Dogs are not one of them. They bring joy to peoples' lives, lower their blood pressure, bring them companionship, and drive sales of pet food and pet accessories, the manufacture and sale of which employs hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. The death of a dog negates those beneficial impacts.

So no, it's not the same as the killing of a human. If he shot a human, he'd get an attempted murder charge. So, the animal cruelty charge seems just about right.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | January 28, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

BCTW is another Vick apologist. The difference between a civilized society and a savage one is empathy towards animals. This kid has obvious pyscho-social issues. If he is angry enough to shoot a barking dog, what will he do if someone cuts him off when he begins to drive? Virginians seem to be very violent people. Is it the easy access to guns?

Posted by: jabreal00 | January 28, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Damn dog got on his nerves, LOL!

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 28, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Pray the boy don't grow up with a serious attitude and shoot PEOPLE who talk too much according to him. His parents friends relatives-watch out! God be with you.

Posted by: LL817 | January 28, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Isn't is a shame that the 11 year olds parents aren't even mentioned or held at least partially to blame in the story or the readers posts.

The child should be arrested for the theft of a firearm and it's unlawful use and maybe breaking and entering.

The parents need to pay all vet bills of the dogs owner.

The SPCA should arrest the young man for animal cruelty.

The dogs owner should sue the child and parents in civil court.

We all need to take responsibility for one's actions not sweep things under the rug. It doesn't matter if its a dog, a radio or god forbid a child making to much noise.

Posted by: carlcimino | January 28, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

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