Teens shooting cats is a subject I had really hoped I wouldn’t have to report on this summer. Sadly, I was mistaken.
Here’s the situation and I have a discussion question at the end.
On Sunday, June 5, the police in Battle Ground, Washington were called out on a case involving three teens shooting cats at the 700 block of Northeast 3rd Avenue. Thanks to an eyewitness who’s cat suffered a .22 caliber gunshot wound to the face, the police was able to apprehend the three juveniles involved. Two of them were 16 and one was 17 years old. I don’t give out names of those under 18 on my articles, but they can be found here. http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/18032/WA/US/. So feel free to check out that report.
What’s really so dangerous is that when the police stopped the teens on Sunday night they not only discovered .22 caliber spent rifle shells, they found a loaded rifle in the vehicle.
The teens were originally scheduled to appear before the Clark County Superior Court judge this week. Plans were changed and now they will be formally charged at 1:30 pm on June 28. That gives us all some time to act.
The apprehension of the three pretty much closes five cases of cats being shot in the head over a two month period. One of the teens admitted to shooting at LEAST 50 cats. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield said chances are the total will reach over 100 cats being shot by the time the case goes to court.
They are expected to be charged with drive by shooting and animal cruelty.
For the readers information the case number is 18032. The court is located at 1200 Franklin Street, Vancouver, Washington, 98660. The phone number is (360) 397-2150. I’d also like to add this link which gives information on the judges there. http://www.co.clark.wa.us/courts/superior/judges.html.
Let’s all get in touch with these judges and send them a message that we’re tired of teens getting away with animal abuse. The three are already out of jail on bond. We’re not looking at someone who has even an ounce of remorse for hurting these poor cats.
The number of cats involved is very disturbing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would seriously worry about one of those charged may turn out to be a serial killer. For anyone to admit to police that they are responsible for at least 50 shooting is doing a numbers game. They want to shoot all they can so they can brag about how many they’ve shot.
Here’s the link to what I consider the most important article I’ve written to date. It’s called Kids Killing Cats and has all of the statistics on the percentage of serial killers who began by killing animals.
I’m sure these three animal abusers will walk away from this with nothing more than a small fine and perhaps some community service. Don’t forget their names. Write them down somewhere safe. Better yet, save the link for my article here on Pictures-of-cats.org. Give it a year or so then Google their names. Chances are their violence will have spilled over to the citizens of their town. You’ll be reading of a criminal domestic violence or robbery charge.
Because that is what is happening when teens get off the hook for committing violent crimes simply because they’re considered too young to punish.
My questions for the readers today is what age should strict punishment be dealt out? Fourteen, fifteen? I want a number as I’m curious what the rest of you think. I’d also like to hear back from readers what you think should be the punishment in this case.