An 11-year-old boy from Spotsylvania County, Va., is in juvenile lockup after allegedly shooting a neighbor's dog because it barked too much, according to police.
The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control went to a house in the 13000 block of Mullins Court on Monday in response to reports that a dog had been shot. When they arrived, they found Molly, a German shepherd mix, lying on the porch. She had been shot in the neck.
Police canvassed the neighborhood looking for anyone who might have seen what happened. A short while later, the boy's mother called police to say she found a .22 caliber rifle in her son's possession and that he admitted to her that he shot the dog, according to the police report. He also confessed to stealing the gun from a neighbor, the report said. He was arrested and taken to juvenile detention.
The boy, who is not being identified, faces animal cruelty charges and several weapons charges. He could spend the next 10 years in juvenile detention.
You know what I say? Investigate the neighbor. If that gun hadn't been stored securely, which obviously it hadn't, the owner should be arrested along with the boy. Once that's done, we should investigate the boy's parents to try and determine where in the world he learned the ever-more-common lesson that "the gun is the answer." It wouldn't surprise me if there's a bit of the old shared responsibility within the family.
What's your opinion? How could an 11-year-old steal a neighbor's gun without at least some lapse in security on the neighbor's part?
Where do you think 11-year-olds learn about guns and shooting things that bother you? Is that from rap music or is that from daddy and his attitudes, generally speaking I mean?
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