This level of animal cruelty shows insane levels of evil toward other innocent living beings. Yet there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Against all odds, he lives!
This little trooper of a pup is named Chunky and is a Chihuahua cross breed. Chunky the Chihuahua found himself at the wrath of four deplorable teenagers when they stole him from his owners in the United Kingdom, says Evening Standard.
These sick people carried dog abuse to an entirely different level. Many people weren’t prepared to hear or read about their crimes. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) inspector Caroline Doe mentioned that it was “the most disturbing” case she had ever come across or heard of within her career. And if you’re a pet owner, this probably hits home.
That story about chunky the chihuahua has actually broken ma heart the thought of someone doing something like that to Davie makes me cry
— Ellis Donald (@ellisdonald_) November 25, 2015
According to the report, three 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old tortured Chunky the Chihuahua for hours on end. They set his face on fire using a deodorant spray can and a lighter. They also fed the Chihuahua drugs. More cruelly, they had wrung his neck so much until they broke it. They also broke his right rear leg during a kick and punch fest.
Chunky was left in a landfill near Margate in East Kent, within the vicinity of North Foreland. The cruelty exerted on this innocent Chihuahua was detestable at the very least.
However, even through all the relentless torture he took from those teens — with his eyes burned from the spray can flames — this puppy was still defying the odds and proving that he wasn’t going down without a fight. Using poor vision after enduring a maim of pure evil, by good graces, someone noticed Chunky staggering along the roadside the next evening.
— Tσпч D'Eʟıα (@TonyDElia_) November 25, 2015
This puppy was delirious and extremely timid thereafter. He was taken to a nearby veterinarian and shelter for immediate treatment. Daily Mail reports that Chunky received exceptional care from the facility. However, the dog abuse was so great that even with all the medication the facility was administering, it still wasn’t enough to soothe his pains — pains which lasted non-stop for approximately six days.
The Evening Standard reports that Chunky is doing much better now. Accordingly, the news source quotes RSPCA Inspector Doe as follows.
“Thankfully he has now been restored to health and returned to his loving owners, though I fear he will always be timid and nervous as a result of his ordeal, and imagine the owners will never quite be able to come to terms with what was senseless and needlessly inflicted on their beautiful family pet.”
As for the diabolical teenagers, they appeared at Folkestone Youth Court on Tuesday, November 24. Rightfully, they pleaded guilty and admitted to all the aforementioned disgraceful acts. It’s said that they were under the influence of drugs themselves. However, that doesn’t excuse their criminal actions against Chunky the Chihuahua.
Their sentences — seemingly minimal, according to some — go as follows.
- Totally banned from any type of possessive contact with animals for the next five years
- One-year referral order
- Payment of fines and damages
One teen had to pay the equivalent of $1,512 while two others had to pay an estimated $756 each. Do you think these punishments were too lenient? That might be the case for Inspector Doe. According to Evening Standard, she noted as follows.
“The whole thing sends shivers down my spine. The defendants may have been young and confessed to being under the influence of drugs but the cruelty they inflicted on this poor dog was extreme, barbaric and inexcusable.”
That's all they got? Seriously? Potential future murderers, sick troglodytes..https://t.co/GPL6Y0OTvt
— Sam Strike (@SamStrike) November 26, 2015
The teenagers’ acts show that they don’t really care for pets. So, what would ownership restriction do for them as far as punishment is concerned? Sure, it protects future animals from the teens’ heinous acts, but it’s almost as if these criminals have gotten off easy. Too, authorities elected to keep their names and identities confidential “for legal reasons.” However, it was probably because of safety reasons.
Although this happened in the U.K., as is described by the American Psychiatric Association in its DSM-5 Manual, these teens possibly exhibit a form of antisocial personality disorder. One thing, in particular, that fits the description was their lack of empathy. The report descriptively states that individuals with antisocial personality disorders may show “lack of concern for feelings, needs, or suffering of others; [or] lack of remorse after hurting or mistreating another.” This would include the mistreatment of animals.
All in all, what are your thoughts? Did the teens receive adequate sentences? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
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