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From Animals in Print 3 December 2000 Issue:

Boy Guilty of Animal Cruelty

(WARNING: Graphic description of one dog's abuse is included)

YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy awaits sentencing after being found guilty of animal cruelty in the gruesome mutilation of a dog.

The boy is accused of cutting the eyes out of a Labrador retriever in April. The dog was found wandering blind and had to be euthanized.

The case in this tiny community about 85 miles southeast of Reno prompted reward offers of up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction.

"It was so shocking that it was hard to believe it occurred,'' said Kris Anderton, a Lyon County Animal Services officer. "We all wanted to believe there was some other cause for it.''

The boy, found guilty in Juvenile Court last week, was remanded to his parents' custody and is under house arrest pending a sentencing hearing Jan. 2.

Prosecutors said the sentence could range from probation to incarceration in a juvenile facility. The boy also might be required to undergo counseling.

Please contact:

John Schlegelmilch
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Lyon County District Attorney's Office
31 South Main Street
Yerington, NV 89447

(SAMPLE LETTER)

Dear District Attorney John Schlegelmilch:

It has come to my attention that a 13 year old boy was found guilty of the gruesome mutilation of a dog in your district.

A dog has suffered a most horrific act of violence because of the act this boy has committed. He must be punished and juvenile incarceration is insisted. I feel life time counseling is very important for this teenager as well.

I am asking that you take this case very serious.

Thank You,
(end of sample)

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