The dog was set on fire by a 12-year-old who can't be punished because of the state laws that say otherwise.
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of animal abuse and pictures that may be disturbing to readers.
Some twisted folks really love watching others in pain, be it humans or animals. The sad part is that these traits start young and are most often overlooked, which causes bigger problems later on. Studies show that kids who reveal destructive or abusive traits to animals or younger kids are struggling with anger issues and other possible conditions that need attention. This is also an early predictor of domestic abuse in their adulthood.
A 12-year-old child admitted to intentionally setting a dog, identified as Buddy, on fire last week in Mississippi. According to the authorities, after a reward of over $10,000 for information about the incident was offered, the child confessed to committing the heinous crime.
However, the child can't be criminally charged for the abuse because of their age, reports WMC5. "What's frustrating and concerning for us is the fact that under the laws of the state, we can't criminally charge," said Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance. The stray Labrador mix was found in Mississippi's East Tate County on April 22 with an extension cord twisted around his neck and his face set on fire, according to PEOPLE.
Buddy was first taken to the Tunica Humane Society, and he is now currently being treated at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University for severe burns. "He's a loving, forgiving dog," Sandy Williams, shelter director of the Tunica Humane Society, told the Clarion-Ledger. "I don't know how he's come through this and kept his tender heart, but he has. He's going to make somebody an exceptional dog."
Buddy has since undergone two skin graft surgeries, where professionals used North Atlantic codfish skin. Buddy is expected to undergo further treatment to have more layers added. Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, a medical professional treating Buddy, said he's on his road to recovery!
"Everything is continuing to move along great," Swanson said. "The healing is really exceeding our expectations, so we're really pleased with that." He can't get enough of the people treating him and never misses an opportunity to cuddle up to them at the veterinary college. Once Buddy heals completely, the staff will look for a home that will love and care for him as he deserves to be loved.
The Tunica Humane Society has already received dozens of adoption applications for Buddy, but he will be sent only when he heals completely. "He's very beloved here, he's in all of our hearts," Swanson stated. "He's really one special dog."
However, the fact that the child got to walk away has angered a large group of people, including Sheri Webb, a Georgia woman who started a petition on Change.org called Justice for Buddy. "There must be consequences for anyone who does this to a helpless animal," Webb wrote on the petition. "The child needs time in a detention center and long-term psychological help, and the parents should pay reparations for the intensive medical care to rehabilitate this poor animal." Out of the 150,000 target, over 112,000 people have signed it so far! While a few believe the child could be under distress, too, for having the need to do something so cruel to an animal.
Cover Image Source: Facebook/Tunica Humane Society