13 Year Old Tortures and Kills Rabbit While Influenced by Others

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BRISTOL CT– After a concerned citizen reposted a disturbing video, an unidentified 13-year old male from Bristol was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a social media post showed the suspect torturing, killing and mutilating a rabbit. 
Video (WARNING - Viewer Discretion)

GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION
The video appears to begin after the rabbit was injured and laying in the drive way. It is not known what was done to the rabbit before the video started filming, how long the rabbit actually suffered, when the video was paused, or if the video was edited. It shows someone working on a white van who could have intervened, a young teen boy is seen shooting a rabbit with a pump action BB or Pellet gun held a inch from a rabbit’s head that was clearly alive and heard screaming.

After the first shot the rabbit kicked back and front legs and clearly showed a response to the BB or Pellet hitting him. The gun was again pumped up and the rabbit shot again at which time the rabbit jumped up about a foot and kicked his back feet.  At that time the video was paused by the person shooting it and when it returns it shows the teen boy with Fiskars single pivot lopper (branch cutter).

The teen boy made multiple attempts of cutting the rabbits head off as the rabbit was kicking it's back legs and squirmed while the older male person complicit to the crime was telling the teen boy to “squeeze harder you retard” at which time the person said “that thing is dead”.

During the course of the video you can hear an older teen or young adult male influencing the boy and a teen or young adult female loudly laughing.  During the course of the video you can also see the rabbit was alive, presenting unspeakable suffering and heard screaming while being tortured and mutilated until it died, while the young teen appeared having no emotion or hesitation.

Police were able to identify the juvenile in the post and issue him a juvenile summons. He has a court date with juvenile court in New Britain, according to police and the investigation is ongoing.  Please take a moment to thank the Police and the Mayor for taking this crime seriously. 

Acts of malicious animal cruelty are heinous and should never be tolerated when someone intentionally and brutally harms an animal, the important question to ask is, “Who will be next?”

We the petitioners respectfully request the following violations of law apply to the minor child committing the crime.

1. Animal Cruelty
Sec. 53-247 (b) Any person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, wounds or kills an animal shall, (1) for a first offense, be guilty of a class D felony.

2. Carrying a Dangerous Weapon
Sec. 53-206. Carrying of dangerous weapons prohibited. (a) Any person who carries upon his or her person any BB. gun, blackjack, metal or brass knuckles, or any dirk knife, or any switch knife, or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which a blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches in length, or stiletto, or any knife the edged portion of the blade of which is four inches or more in length, any police baton or nightstick, or any martial arts weapon or electronic defense weapon, as defined in section 53a-3, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, shall be guilty of a class E felony.

3. Illegal Handling of a wild rabbit
It is illegal for any person, other than a state appointed rehabilitator, to care for wildlife.  If wildlife ins injured it is advised to call Animal Control, Police or DEEP, not maliciously torture and kill the animal for amusement.  

We the petitioners respectfully request the following violations of law apply to the participating teens or young adults involved.

1. Sec. 53-206f. Failure of parent or guardian to halt illegal possession of firearm by minor child. Any parent or guardian of a minor child who, knowing that such child possesses a firearm, as defined in section 53a-3, and is ineligible to possess such firearm, fails to make reasonable efforts to halt such possession shall be guilty of (1) a class A misdemeanor.

2. Complicity is the participation in a completed criminal act of an accomplice, a partner in the crime who aids or encourages (abets) other perpetrators of that crime, and who shared with them an intent to act to complete the crime.  A person is an accomplice of another person in the commission of a crime if they purpose the completion of a crime, and toward that end, if that person solicits or encourages the other person, or aids or attempts to aid in planning or committing the crime, or has legal duty to prevent that crime but fails to properly make an effort to prevent it.

Unlike attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy, which are crimes in and of themselves, complicity is not itself a crime, but is a way of committing a crime. Complicity also differs from attempt, solicitation, and conspiracy in that it always depends on that crime having been completed, i.e., it is never inchoate. Complicity does not require causation of the crime, merely participation in the commission of the crime. In cases where one is complicit because of a failure to act when one has a duty to act to prevent a crime, complicity differs from omission in that liability for complicity arises from the relationship to other perpetrators, whereas liability for omission arises from a duty relationship to the victim.

3. Illegal Handling of a wild rabbit
It is illegal for any person, other than a state appointed rehabilitator, to care for wildlife.  If wildlife ins injured it is advised to call Animal Control, Police or DEEP, not maliciously torture and kill the animal for amusement.  
 


PLEASE DO NOT POST DISRESPECTFUL COMMENTS, CURSING OR THREATS ON THIS PETITION.  Comments of such will be removed if seen.

References: 

CHAPTER 945*
(OFFENSES AGAINST HUMANITY AND MORALITY) CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_945.htm

TITLE 53*  CRIMES
https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/title_53.htm
 
https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_943.htm#sec_53-206

COMPLICITY OR ACCOMPLICE
http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-law-basics/what-is-complicity-or-accomplice-liability.html

ECON POLICE OFFICERS
http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2695&q=322624&deepNav_GID=1649#WildlifeManagement

STATE OF CT
http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=326228&deepNav_GID=1655

Fox News
http://fox61.com/2017/06/19/13-year-old-bristol-boy-arrested-after-video-shows-him-killing-a-rabbit/



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