ROCK HILL, S.C. — Police in Rock Hill, S.C., arrested two teens they say tortured a 6-week-old puppy.
According to the News & Observer, 17-year-old De’Monte Ty’Juan Douglas and a 14-year-old juvenile were charged with cruelty to animals Tuesday.
Warrants say the teens shot the puppy 18 times with a BB gun and threw a knife at it Sunday in the parking lot of Wildwood Spring Apartments.
A utility worker reported seeing a group of 15 to 20 juveniles playing with the puppy. The utility worker stepped away for a few minutes and came back to find the puppy “bleeding heavily,” according to police.
The teens reportedly told officers, “someone who stays in the apartment complex had stabbed the puppy and shot the puppy with a BB gun.”
One of the officers took the puppy to Ebenezer Animal Hospital for treatment to its wounds. Veterinarians told police 18 BB pellets were lodged in the dog’s skin and muscle.
“He seems like he’s gonna pull through,” according to clinic co-owner April Splawn. “He’s a strong little boy. He’s really, really sweet.”
Employees at the hospital have since named the 6-week-old puppy Brody.
Dr. Jay Hreiz, who has been treating Brody, said the pup is too young to put under anesthesia to remove the BBs. Hreiz told The Herald that the pellets may not need to be removed because they didn’t hit any vital organs.
“He’s really young, so he has a remarkable ability to heal at his age,” Hreiz told The Herald. “Brody may be able to live a healthy normal life with all those BBs in him.”
Douglas is being held in the Rock Hill City Jail without bond. The 14-year-old was petitioned to Family Court and released to a parent pending a court appearance.