A Loudoun teen was sentenced Oct. 9 to one year probation for kicking a family dog to death.
Authorities say the 13-year-old boy and his younger brother kicked the dog, an 8-pound toy breed, repeatedly. The dog succumbed to internal injuries.
The teen received one year probation and is barred from residing with companion animals during the time. He also is prohibited from interacting with children his age or younger during his probation period. His younger brother avoided prosecution and was assigned to counseling.
Because the boys are juveniles, there names will not be released.
“Loudoun County Animal Services works closely with Child Protective Services and the juvenile justice system to ensure that children involved in cases of animal cruelty receive the proper care, mental health counseling and guidance they need,” said Tom Koenig, director of the Department of Animal Services. “We believe that with treatment or intervention, child offenders will be less likely to commit such crimes in the future.”