Children's abuse of animals to be taken seriously - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Children's abuse of animals to be taken seriously

Posted: Updated:
Carol Wicks, the director of Decatur Animal Services said adults need to take abuse like this seriously. Carol Wicks, the director of Decatur Animal Services said adults need to take abuse like this seriously.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Huntsville school board member named in civil suit by former employer

    Huntsville school board member named in civil suit by former employer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:56:59 GMT
    Mike Culbreath is accused of conspiring with James Packard, a competing developer, to convince potential tenants to choose a competing development in the City of Huntsville.More >>
    Mike Culbreath is accused of conspiring with James Packard, a competing developer, to convince potential tenants to choose a competing development in the City of Huntsville.More >>
  • Three children found in home with meth lab outside

    Three children found in home with meth lab outside

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:30:49 GMT
    Authorities arrested Ashley Freeno and Christopher Silva after finding a methamphetamine lab outside their home. Further investigations revealed that drugs and other paraphernalia were inside their home where three young children live.The Department of Human Resources have placed the children into the custody of family members.Freeno was charged with manufacturing meth in the 2nd degree and two counts of possession. Silva was charged with manufacturing meth in the 1st degree and two counts of...More >>
    Authorities arrested Ashley Freeno and Christopher Silva after finding a methamphetamine lab outside their home. Further investigations revealed that drugs and other paraphernalia were inside their home where three young children live.The Department of Human Resources have placed the children into the custody of family members.Freeno was charged with manufacturing meth in the 2nd degree and two counts of possession. Silva was charged with manufacturing meth in the 1st degree and two counts of...More >>
  • Man arrested after agents seized over one pound of meth, three firearms, and one vehicle

    Man arrested after agents seized over one pound of meth, three firearms, and one vehicle

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:11:14 GMT
    On Aug 14, the Madison-Morgan STAC Team and Morgan County Drug Task Force responded to complaints from the community near Hulaco Road.Upon arrival, a search warrant was carried out at the home of Dustin Tyler Smith in Joppa Alabama.Agent had begun a new investigation Agents seized over one pound of methamphetamine, three firearms, and one vehicle.Smith was arrested in 2013 for trafficking in methamphetamine. He was out on bond and also on Community Corrections regarding his most recent arrest...More >>
    On Aug 14, the Madison-Morgan STAC Team and Morgan County Drug Task Force responded to complaints from the community near Hulaco Road.Upon arrival, a search warrant was carried out at the home of Dustin Tyler Smith in Joppa Alabama.Agent had begun a new investigation Agents seized over one pound of methamphetamine, three firearms, and one vehicle.Smith was arrested in 2013 for trafficking in methamphetamine. He was out on bond and also on Community Corrections regarding his most recent arrest...More >>
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Animal welfare workers are raising the alarm over a disturbing case of abuse.

Four Cullman County boys were charged for stealing and torturing a goat, then throwing it off of a bridge.

Studies show that violence against animals is sort of a training ground for future violence against people. Not all kids who abuse animals abuse people later in life, but most adults who are violent criminals were abusive with animals when they were young.

The reasons four West Point boys stole a farmers goat, tortured it and threw it off of a Cullman County bridge is unknown, but investigators say a video the boys made of what they did upset classmates who told authorities about it.

Carol Wicks, the director of Decatur Animal Services said adults need to take abuse like this seriously because when children harm animals, it can become worse as they get older.

"Talk to the children so they don't believe it's acceptable and go forward in life with the idea of 'if I'm not happy or I want to act out, it's okay to take it out on something that is smaller and weaker than me.' Because sooner or later, what is smaller and weaker will be a child," said Wicks.

The four teenage boys in Cullman County are being handled through the juvenile justice system.

They do face a felony charge for stealing the goat. The abuse of the goat is a misdemeanor.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.