An 11-year-old upstate girl has been charged with two felonies for allegedly beating a 13-week-old puppy to death. The girl, whose name hasn't been released, is accused of repeatedly slamming her temporary foster mother's small Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy against a floor and bed post until it was dead. And according to authorities, she did so because her foster mom wouldn't take her somewhere.
"The girl asked to go to someplace. The foster mother said no," Lake George Trooper Mark Cepiel told the Times-Union. "Later on, the girl caused injuries to the dog and the dog died." The girl, who is from Saratoga Springs, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal mischief for the incident.
The little girl had been placed in overnight foster care in Lake George Sunday night when the incident occurred. Cathy Cloutier, executive director of the SPCA of Upstate New York, said that it's rare to see such a violent act from a young child: "This is definitely a violent case,” she told YNN Hudson Valley. "The correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse is a known fact."