Epidemic:
Kids Hurting Animals

If reports are true that Salvador Ramos (the alleged shooter in the deadly attack on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas) posted videos of cruelty to animals online and bragged about throwing dead cats at people’s houses before he opened fire on defenseless children or that Payton Gendron (the alleged shooter in Buffalo, New York) wrote about stabbing and beheading a cat and posted photos of the dead animal online, it would come as no surprise to PETA. The FBI warns that harming animals is a sign of more carnage to come. Amid the current epidemic of youth violence, PETA urges everyone to report every act of cruelty against animals and calls on authorities to take each animal abuse claim seriously—for the sake of the animal victims and to help prevent future harm. More lives may depend on it.

PETA keeps an updated list of reported incidents in which young people commit acts of cruelty to animals. Many acts of cruelty go unreported. This resource is meant to illustrate how prevalent the problem is and provide educators with tools to educate students on what it means to have compassion for all living beings. If you aren’t an educator, please share this page with one you know and inform them about TeachKind—PETA’s humane education division—and our empathy-building educational resources.

Forty-three percent of perpetrators of schoolyard massacres commit acts of cruelty to animals first (Source)—it’s time for educators to take action by implementing humane education.

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Ohio

State Laws

3301-35-01 Purpose and definitions.

“‘Extended learning opportunities’ means a variety of initiatives that ensure students have access to a diverse array of content-rich, high-quality opportunities that expand the time they are actively engaged in learning. These opportunities provide students with structured opportunities for academic support and enrichment, extra-curricular activities, service-learning; mentoring, recreation, character education, and other developmental activities.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

January 2022/Bucyrus, Ohio

CrawfordCountyNow.com reported that a group of teenagers allegedly decapitated a dog one of them had hit earlier with a car. They then reportedly filmed themselves placing the dog’s head on a guardrail.

July 2020/Hamilton, Ohio

FOX19.com reported that two boys had allegedly been caught on camera attacking a cat.

December 2019/Hamilton, Ohio

FOX19.com reported that a juvenile had been caught on surveillance video throwing rocks at a small dog after the animal had apparently gotten away from him and then “helicopter twirling” the dog by his leash before slamming him to the ground.

March 2019/Hamilton, Ohio

WCPO.com reported that a 17-year-old from Hamilton allegedly abandoned two puppies, one of whom was subsequently hit by a train. As a result, that puppy lost his back legs and an eye. The teen has been charged with cruelty to animals and abandoning animals.

January 2019/Toledo, Ohio

ToledoBlade.com reported that two teens allegedly abused a cat by striking him with a baseball bat and kicking him, leaving him badly injured. The boys, ages 14 and 16, reportedly face felony cruelty-to-animals charges.

October 2018/Middletown, Ohio

FOX19NOW.com reported that children younger than 10 years old may have abused a cat and stuffed her inside a hole in a tree. She sustained three fractures to her pelvis, and her tail was severed.

May 2018/Toledo, Ohio

ToledoBlade.com reported that a group of five or six children who looked to be about 10 to 12 years old had been seen kicking a 3-month-old miniature pinscher mix in an alley. A witness said that she saw them punting the dog in the air. The puppy died of her injuries, and the search continued for the suspects.

May 2018/Lisbon, Ohio

MorningJournalNews.com reported that a Columbiana County teenager had been accused of beating a turkey to death while a second teenager reportedly cheered him on and recorded the attack on video, which was later shared on social media.

July 2017/Brooklyn, Ohio

WFMYNews2.com reported that a teenager had been charged with a fifth-degree cruelty-to-animals felony for shooting a cat to death. The cat was someone’s animal companion. The teen was initially arrested for illegally discharging a firearm, but as the case was investigated, the suspect reportedly confessed to multiple incidents.

March 2017/Cleveland, Ohio

FOX8.com reported that three teenagers had been seen taking turns kicking and beating a dog with bricks and sticks after he had been hit by a car. The dog, Indiana Bones, was receiving treatment for his injuries and required surgery. The search for the suspects was ongoing.

March 2017/Lancaster, Ohio

ABC6OnYourSide.com reported that a group of 15-year-old high school students had allegedly purchased six chicks from a local supply store and then snapped their necks and disposed of them after realizing that they couldn’t keep the animals. Reportedly, the case was under investigation and the suspects could possibly face charges.

September 2016/Warren, Ohio

WKBN.com reported that a 16-year-old boy had been charged with four counts of cruelty to animals after he allegedly admitted that he had sex with a small dog. According to reports, the juvenile—who has had other trouble with the law—was in the custody of child services.

May 2015/Middletown, Ohio

WLWT.com reported that a group of juveniles had allegedly kicked and beaten a small stray dog. The dog was said to show signs of traumatic brain injury but was expected to recover.