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Christiana Teen Charged With Animal Cruelty In Dog's Death

Christiana Teen Charged With Animal Cruelty In Dog's Death

CREATED Apr 17, 2014

CHRISTIANA, Tenn. – A 16-year-old Rutherford County teen has been charged with animal cruelty in the death of an adult dog.

Officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said the boy has been accused of killing a pet Boxer.

His identity was not released.

Deputies were called to the boy's home Wednesday and found the deceased dog hidden behind a tub in a storage barn. The dog reportedly suffered stab wounds, head trauma and bleeding.

"It was obvious that the dog suffered greatly," said Deputy Williams with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

According to investigators, the boy admitted to killing the dog.

The teen was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, where he awaits a hearing.