Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, James D. Caldwell: Investigate INTENTIONAL burning of dog (in her cage) by 9-year old in Baton Rouge.
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We, the undersigned, ask the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, James D. Caldwell to investigate the horrific abuse of Zoie, who was INTENTIONALLY set on fire, on October 31st, 2013; while trapped in her crate; by a 9-year old boy.
We are asking the facts below be taken into consideration on whether charges should be filed against the 9-year old who intentionally tortured Zoie:
The Humane Society of the United States facts on juvenile animal abuse and criminal violence (http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/qa/cruelty_violence_connection_faq.html)
Of 36 convicted multiple murderers questioned in one study, 46% admitted committing acts of animal torture as adolescents. And of seven school shootings that took place across the country between 1997 and 2001, all involved boys who had previously committed acts of animal cruelty.
Children who abuse animals are sending out clear warning signs that they pose a risk to themselves as well as to others.
CDC report of child development at the age of nine (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/middle.html).
Dr. William Womack, child psychiatrist at Children's Hospital and consultant at Echo Glen Children's Center (a juvenile rehabilitation institution), states the following: “By about age 6, normal children are developing an internal conscience. "They have a pretty good sense, inside of themselves, of what they're not supposed to do; if they do something wrong, bells go off for them.”
Dr. Womack also goes on to state, "The things that lead a kid to not care if they kill someone make it hard for them to be part of society. They don't look at human life as being very valuable. They see themselves as . . . unimportant to the system. Therefore the system is unimportant to them."
Would this not also apply to animals, and animal abuse?
If, in fact, the 9-year old, according to Louisiana law, is not responsible for his own actions, then the parents of this juvenile needs to be charged – at the minimum for allowing their son, unsupervised, with matches and/or lighters, trespassing onto a neighbors property.
The parents should also be held responsible for the ongoing medical needs of Zoie.
Additionally, in light of this horrendous abuse, we are asking the state of Louisiana to look at strengthening their current animal abuse/cruelty laws. Louisiana, according to the The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) publication of the 2012 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report, is ranked 23rd out of the 56 jurisdictions. (http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/2012-u-s-animal-protection-laws-rankings/)
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