LUCERNE VALLEY (CBS) — A 17-year-old boy has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly dragging a 10-month-old blue pitbull.

The boy, whose name was not released, is believed to have caused the debilitating injuries to a puppy since renamed Valentine, according to San Bernardino Sheriff’s officials.

Valentine was found on Feb. 10 in a rural area of Lucerne Valley, limping with black plastic tape wrapped around her muzzle. She had a partially severed right front paw, broken left front paw, burns to her face and front legs and a skull fracture.

An investigation led to the teen suspect’s home in Lucerne Valley, where detectives conducted a search and arrested the boy. He remains in custody at Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

The teen was charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty and arson.

Valentine is recovering well and will soon be placed for adoption, according to sheriff’s officials.

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Comments (12)
  1. luckyfela1 says:

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Investigate this outrageous kid’s horrible treatment of an animal. He knows someone that is involved in dog fighting. Don’t you think?
    Prosecute the parents!!…and those that live with him. Also investigate his friends.
    It’s not an old wives tale that harming animals leads to harm of humans and others when they grow up. This kid needs a very stern lesson. I would be glad to drag him behind my truck for awhile, and then cut off his hand and bash his head in. Would that teach him a lesson? I doubt it.

    1. Whiskey Tango says:

      I’m not a fan of gang banger bulls, but torture an animal needs to be punished with at least five years in prison w/out parole. Meht Valley is no surprise.

  2. diana says:

    This coward needs to tried as an Adult to the fullest extent!

  3. mary jo geddes says:

    What in the hell is wrong with people today. There is so much HATE in this world. This child needs to have some psychiatric evaluation and then be charged highly with this crime. I have no sympathy for people like this and hope that this poor puppy makes recovery and finds a good home.
    Also I blame the parents for kids acting this way they have to learn from somewhere to treat animals with absolutely no respect I hope that he receives time. These are the kinds of kids that grow up and cause more danger to people.

  4. john argent says:

    His name should be made available to the public, so that someone could “take it from there.” Period.

  5. Jason Lee says:

    What a waste of oxygen, water, and earth’s other resources. Put this POS to death so taxpayers like myself don’t have to support this human garbage. How can ANY HUMAN DO THIS?????? There should be some sort of international justice system that executes these kind of criminals regardless of their nationality. The earth is overpopulating and these people can stop wasting our tax dollars just so they can commit these crimes again when they get out of prison. No matter what your political or religious beliefs are, you can not deny there is something VERY WRONG with people who hurt HARMLESS PUPPIES. Who knows what they will do in a few years if they don’t get caught (maybe abusing the elderly, toddlers, or mentally handicapped people). Cowards/lowlifes should all be executed to save us money, PERIOD.

  6. Sam Badman says:

    I want this punk alone for 10 minutes in a locked room.

  7. bcb says:

    I agree with the stated comments above. Hopefully, someone will be able to open up their heart and home to this little sweetie pie!

  8. GC1008 says:

    Serial killer in training.

  9. linda crews says:

    kid needs a good ass whooping

  10. Genova says:

    May he burn in hell.

  11. Carole Sipos says:

    Next a child will be his target

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