Three boys aged 6, 10 and 12 plead guilty to torturing a cat which later died.
These three little monsters who tried to stone a cat to death were convicted in December of animal cruelty when they all plead guilty in a New Jersey Court. Two teens who intervened and stopped the stoning called 911 where the dispatcher failed to send Police even after telling the teens the Police were on their way. The 911 dispatcher was suspended for failing to follow 911 protocol. Thankfully the judge took the matter very seriously even if the dispatcher did not. Somehow society has got to teach children that cruelty to animals has serious consequences.
The three boys were accused of stoning the cat, were sentenced to probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said in a statement Thursday.
The boys, ages 6, 10 and 12, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty following the May attack on Quattro, named by animal-rights activists because he was found badly beaten near School 4. Quattro was hit with rocks and a brick and suffered numerous injuries, including a broken eye socket, two broken two legs and head trauma.
Passaic County Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden-Brown sentenced the boys to one year of probation and 30 hours of community service that must be completed in a pet therapy program or with an animal control agency, Valdes said. They must also undergo family counseling and other therapy focused on empathy awareness, anger management and impulse control, the prosecutor said.
Renee Olah, founder of Chance at Life Cat Rescue in Hackensack, who tried to nurse Quattro back to health before he died, praised the authorities for taking the case seriously and forcing the juveniles into treatment.
“Quattro wasn’t ignored, he wasn’t dismissed and justice was served,” she said.
Animal-rights activists rallied around the cat’s death and lauded two teenage brothers who intervened in the attack. The teens, 12 and 14, said they pushed one boy to the ground and tripped another.
The teens called 911 for help and were told by a dispatcher that police were on the way, but officers never arrived. A dispatcher was later suspended for having “failed operational protocol,” police said.
The brothers took Quattro home in a box and cared for him. A few days after the attack, they contacted Olah’s group and the cat was taken to a veterinary hospital, but he eventually became unresponsive and was euthanized.