Monday, August 6, 2012
Three Children from Watsonville Accused in Brutal Attack on Three Kittens
Our Children are supposed to be our future. Well on July 29, 2012 two girls and one boy from Watsonville under the age of 10, viciously attacked three kittens. A witness reported it to the authorities and gave a description of the children. The Santa Cruz County animal shelter manager found the kittens in the street. One of the children threw a kitten against a wall causing severe brain damage causing it to be euthanized. The Shelter manager also found the other two kittens with rope tied around their necks, restricting their breathing. Thank God, they survived. The National School Safety Council, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Psychological Association, and the National Crime Prevention Council all agree that animal cruelty is a warning sign for at-risk youth. Studies show that chronic physical aggression (e.g., animal cruelty) by elementary school boys increases the likelihood they will commit continued physical violence as well as other nonviolent forms of delinquency during adolescence.[vi] A child who abuses animals may also be acting out against violence in his own home.[vii]. Professional intervention can remove a child from a potentially abusive situation and divert him or her from future abusive behavior. Experts agree that early prevention and treatment of animal cruelty is the key to stopping the cycle of violence, because as aggressive children get older, they are less responsive to therapeutic intervention. I think animal cruelty at an early age is signs of a sociopath that will grow up being an abuser or serial killer. The parents of these three children should be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and neglect. Not to know where your young child is and what they’re doing is neglect. Both the children and the parents should also have serious counseling. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter officials asked authorities to charge them with felony animal cruelty. I’m so glad these three children were caught I don’t want to imagine what they would have grown up to be. Maybe it is not too late for them. In the song “The Greatest Love Of All” the opening the first verse says it all.
“I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride, to make it easier; let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.”