Three boys aged 13, 14, and 15 videotaped themselves torturing seven chickens and a frog at the Evergreen summer camp in Andover, Massachusetts early this week. The Doherty Middle School boys laughed as they ran around the camp saying "let’s go kill this one here" as they violently whipped the chickens with a fishing rod and lacrosse sticks and set them on fire. They also threw one chicken into a pond while throwing rocks at the bird, and they killed a frog for fun by putting a firecracker in the frog’s mouth.
The Massachusetts Cruelty to Animals law, Chapter 272, Section 77, makes it a crime to "torture, torment, cruelty beat, mutilate, or kill an animal," to use an animal "in a cruel or inhumane manner in a race, game, or contest," or to "inflict unnecessary cruelty" upon an animal." The maximum penalty for juvenile offenders in Massachusetts is commitment to the Department of Juvenile Services to age 18.
The boys were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and the case is continued until a pretrial conference date is set.
What Can I Do?
Please write a politely strong letter to the District Attorney of Essex County Massachusetts urging that the three boys be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They videotaped their sadistic spree, so their guilt is not in question. Contact:District Attorney Jonathan BlodgettDistrict Attorney’s OfficeMuseum Place2 East India SquareSalem, MA 01970Phone: 978-745-6610Fax: 978-741-4971(No emails)
Thank you for urging maximum punishment of these animal torturers.
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.|
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