The internet is rallying around "Buddy the Cat" after recently released video allegedly showed a teenager and 12-year-old were caught on camera attacking the feline with dogs.
According to the Pennsylvania SPCA, the two minors, who have not been publicly named, were seen on a home security video in Philadelphia's Frankford neighborhood. Partial video of the incident was published by NBC News affiliate NBC10, and reviewed by TODAY, and appears to show two dogs being let off their leashes and encouraged to attack a cornered cat. The fight appears to end when a resident comes out of the house and intervenes.
On Friday, the 17-year-old and 12-year old surrendered themselves to authorities, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA. According to the organization, the minors are being charged with “felony animal fighting, felony aggravated animal cruelty and a conspiracy charge.”
Post by Tennesseer on Mar 26, 2022 20:14:34 GMT -5
Another Buddy story. This time a dog and the person who did it was under 12 years old. The linked article is from last year, roughly a week after the cruel event happened.
The good news is, his bandages finally came off last month and he is still healing nicely. He is currently living temporarily at the home of one of the vet technicians who took care of him at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was under their care for about a year.
All updates about Buddy were provided by the Tunica Humane Society. They do good work.
Mississippi sheriff ‘frustrated as anyone’ child can’t be charged with intentionally setting dog on fire
TATE COUNTY, Miss. (WMC) - The Tunica Humane Society gave a positive update Thursday on Buddy the dog as he recovers from being intentionally set on fire last week.
“From this moment forward, I am going to concentrate on sharing Buddy’s journey back to life,” reads a post on the Human Society’s Facebook page. “That is where we will get our victory.”
The Humane Society writes “Buddy is holding strong...soaking up all the love” he’s receiving after his story went viral.
“He is a stellar patient and doing better than ever expected,” reads the post.
Buddy, a Labrador retriever mix, was found last week in Tate County with severe burns to his face and an extension cord wrapped around his neck. The sheriff’s office announced they had a confession Wednesday from a child, but because Mississippi state law prevents children younger than 12 from being criminally charged, the case would go no further.
“We are just as frustrated as anyone that more cannot be done through the justice system regarding the juvenile in this case...” Sheriff Brad Lance wrote on Facebook Thursday. “...Our investigators worked hard on this case and they also are frustrated. We didn’t write the laws of our state.”
Outrage was quick to follow on social media and by phone after the sheriff’s office announced no one would be charged in Buddy’s case.
“If this offender had been an adult, they would be sitting in jail facing up to three years in state prison and I would be able to release almost every detail of the case,” writes Lance. “While I can tell everyone that things are being done regarding this juvenile, I am prohibited from releasing details.”