Florida Youth Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

A Florida youth is facing multiple felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly using a butcher knife, a piece of lumber, a box cutter, and a golf club to attack several animals at a Clay County stable last month.

Clay County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Mary Justino said that between July 2 and July 16, the youth allegedly entered the stable at least twice and attacked two ponies and a Quarter Horse.

Detective Bryan McGuinness said the ponies' sustained injuries to their legs.

"One pony's leg was so badly injured it was attached only by a piece of flesh," McGuinness said.

Both ponies were euthanized as a result of their injuries. The Quarter Horse sustained lacerations, but survived, he said. Two goats were also euthanized as a result of injuries sustained in the attack, and a chick was found dismembered at the scene.

On Aug. 3 Sheriff's Department personnel arrested a 12-year-old boy in connection with the attacks. The youth was charged with two counts of felony animal abuse, and is incarcerated at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Jacksonville.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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