Family of boy accused of torturing dogs: 'This is not who we are'
Relatives of a 13-year-old boy accused of torturing the family's dogs -- and posting videos of it that went viral -- say the seventh-grader is a "normal kid" led astray by a man they had taken in when he had no where else to go.
"This is bizarre for us, we were simply stunned," said the boy's grandmother, who is a minister. "We will hold him (the boy) accountable because this is not who we are as a family."
Police say the boy and the family friend, 22-year-old Joshua Moore, spun the small terriers and chihuahuas on their leashes, including recently born puppies. They are also accused of pouring rubbing alcohol on a dog's testicles and, in one case, biting into the neck of another dog until it cried.
In one of the videos, the two stop swinging one dog and focus the camera on the dog’s eyes, which "pulsate and rapidly dart back and forth," according to a police report. One of the two bragged that “you couldn’t tell it was a dog” because he was moving as fast as “a propeller.”