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NC teens accused of burning dog

Posted September 1

An online video shows Guilford County teens using an aerosol can and a lighter to burn a dog.

— Two Guilford County teens have been charged in an animal cruelty case after a video surfaced showing them using an aerosol can and a lighter to ignite a flame towards a dog.

Animal Services was promptly notified and responded to the location of the offense and provided medical treatment to the injured animal.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said his office initiated an investigation after the video surfaced on social media.

Authorities said the teens involved are 13 and 14 years old.

The detective assigned to the case met with the district attorney, and juvenile petitions charging the teens with animal cruelty were filed.

The dog has been placed with a rescue organization but isn't available for adoption at this time.


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  • Maureen Mercer Sep 6, 9:38 a.m.
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    Pay for vet bills, ban on animal ownership and placement on animal abuse registry.

  • Robert Swiger Sr. Sep 1, 9:39 p.m.
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    Punish them to the extent of the law. Then the parents should whip their rear ends not with hands but a good old razor strap till they can't sit down. Then they should be sentenced to work in an animal shelter for 5 years.

  • Janet Scott Sep 1, 6:59 p.m.
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    Wayne Hill, the dog needed medical attention as someone has already said. My pitchfork is out. Lock them up!!

  • Eric Rothman Sep 1, 2:35 p.m.
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    Like those F- ers up!!!

  • Chiqi Torres Sep 1, 1:56 p.m.
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    Lock them up for life. We need to send a clear message that animal torture is not acceptable.

  • Mary Holland Sep 1, 12:08 p.m.
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    Wayne the article says that the dog had to have medical treatment, so they had to have done more than just aim it towards the dog. If it hadn't been burned then why would it need medical attention?

  • Mike Kallam Sep 1, 11:59 a.m.
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    Individuals who find amusement and pleasure in harming defenseless animals can very quickly graduate to more heinous crimes. These two young men need counseling and intervention right away.

  • Deborah Turner Sep 1, 10:15 a.m.
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    Punishment should fit the crime. No excuse for this act of cruelty to an animal .....a human being knows right from wrong at this age. What will they be doing when they get older ??

  • Robin Duff Sep 1, 10:08 a.m.
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    The mere thought and attempted follow-through of this is sick. I agree, Kelly, NOT NORMAL.

  • Kelly Birdsall Sep 1, 9:02 a.m.
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    Dismiss it this time as juvenile silliness & next time they kill a pet or someone. This is not normal. Normal is sneaking to a party or watching that movie your parents said no to, not threatening an animal with fire!!