Monday, June 6, 2011

Teens arrested for allegedly burying puppy alive

From The Bakersfield Californian

Two teens were arrested Monday after allegedly beating and trying to bury a pit bull puppy alive.
The teens, 17 and 15, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and animal cruelty and taken to Juvenile Hall, Bakersfield police reported.
Police received a call about 8:20 a.m. from a resident in the area of the 1900 block of East Planz Road. The resident reported seeing one of the teens striking one of three puppies with a stick, police reported. The teens, both boys, then began to bury the same puppy in a pre-dug hole on the shoulder of the road where East Planz meets Hale Street.
The witness reported confronting the boys, who both ran, police reported. At this point, the buried puppy was freeing itself from the dirt and the other two puppies were running loose.
The 17-year-old had returned when police arrived, and the 15-year-old returned later with a parent, police reported. An investigation revealed the puppies were owned by the boys, who were trying to get rid of them because of problems they were causing in their yard.
Police Sgt. Mary DeGeare said the investigation determined the puppies were getting into eggs laid by poultry kept in the yard. The parent gave no indication that he knew what the boys were doing, she said.
One of the eight-week-old puppies was dehydrated and has parvo, but the other two appeared to be healthy, DeGeare said.
City Animal Control Supervisor Tammy Davis said anything that causes an animal pain and suffering should not be tolerated. The puppies were taken by Animal Control.

Update June 7, 2011 - The following article is from KGET:
Teens under arrest for trying to bury puppies

Three puppies huddled together after surviving a terrifying ordeal. Police said the dog owners, two teen boys, tried to bury the puppies alive.
"Luckily some concerned neighbors saw what was going on and called us up," Sgt. Glen Grundeis, Bakersfield Police Department, said.
A witness who didn't want to be identified because she is afraid of retaliation said the boys told her they were just playing.
"They knew what they were doing because I mean they thought it was funny and they did say the dad sent them to do it," the witness said.
Police said the boys took the 8-week-old Pit Bull puppies to a dirt lot on East Planz Road near their home in Southeast Bakersfield. Police said one of the teens hit a puppy with a stick and started to bury it in a hole.
"Apparently the puppies got into some mischief or something like that," Sgt. Grundeis said.
The teen's father told 17 News the boys wanted to get rid of the puppies because they ate eggs from the family's chicken.
"In Mexico when the animals eat the eggs people usually get rid of them and there is no law against it," Jose Carvajal, the boy's father, said.
Carvajal said the teens were born in the United States, but raised in Mexico. The boys, ages 15 and 17, fled when neighbors confronted them. They later returned when police arrived.
Police arrested them for animal cruelty, but neighbors said the boys told them it was their father who ordered them to get rid of the dogs, he denies it.
"On one hand it's good they got punished because these are innocent animals, but on the other hand they are my kids," Carvajal said.
The puppies appeared to be in good health, but a vet later diagnosed one with parvo. Police said if you have an unwanted animal, there are better ways to deal with them, such as calling animal control or taking them to a shelter.


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