KIRO 7 reported that reported that a Lacy woman took decisive action after watching 3 neighborhood kids kick, throw, and hit their new 9 pound German shepherd mix puppy.
Brandi Luckie initially wanted to “strangle” the kids abusing the puppy (that would have been my reaction as well), but instead, she had her boyfriend shoot a video of the abuse and showed it to Thurston County Animal Services which thankfully took the puppy away.
Fortunately, the puppy, whose name is Bella, didn’t suffer any major injuries.
Animal Services officers want the Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim to charge the children’s parents with animal abuse and I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t do it.
As Ms. Luckie said, “I see this going on outside, it makes we wonder what’s going on inside.”
In my opinion, I think these kids should be taken away from their parents as well until officials can determine what is going on behind closed doors to make these kids abuse that puppy.
The kids look like they range in age from 3-4 to 8-9 years old, and kids that young don’t just start abusing animals for no reason. And any parent that allows isn’t just responsible for the animal abuse – many criminals, including serial killers, start out abusing animals as well.
According to this article in Psychology Today:
“A child who abuses animals requires immediate intervention and treatment. Animal abuse is often the first manifestation of serious emotional turmoil that may escalate into extreme violence, such as mass killing. Here’s why psychologists are increasingly focused on animal abuse in childhood as a warning sign.
Troubled children are much more likely to mistreat animals. While less than 5% of U. S. children are estimated to have intentionally hurt an animal, for children at mental health clinics, animal cruelty rates range from 10 to 25%. Prof. Frank Ascione at the University of Denver and Prof. Arnold Arluke at Northeastern University estimate that one in four children and adolescents with conduct disorder have abused animals. Children who have been physically abused and exposed to domestic violence are at even higher risk. In an assessment of 1433 children ages 6 to 12, Ascione found that among abused children, 60% had abused animals.”
I believe it is important for concerned citizens to contact Prosecutor Tunheim and urge him to charge the kids’ parents with animal abuse. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep your emails respectful and courteous.