SPRINGFIELD, LA (WAFB) - Authorities arrested three teenagers for their suspected involvement in badly beating a dog in Springfield Saturday night. They believe a 7-year-old boy was also involved, but he is too young to be charged.
According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, a 15-year-old boy, 16-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl face animal cruelty charges. after an adult dog was found severely beaten and bloody on Pardue Road around 11 p.m.
Witnesses who called emergency officials identified the teens to investigators.
Deputies suspect the 15-year-old boy actually hit the dog with the bat. They said he hit the animal in the head.
The dog is recovering at a veterinary clinic and is expected to pull through.
The teen was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and placed in the Florida Parish Detention Center.
The other teens are accused of luring the dog off the porch. They were each charged with principal to aggravated cruelty to animals. They were released to the custody of their parents pending court proceedings.
Detectives called the parents of the small boy to let them know what happened and recommended counseling for him.
By law, he could not be criminally charged.
According to the sheriff's office, a person convicted for aggravated cruelty to animals can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and/or issued a $25,000 fine.