A 13-year-old boy

Cut the eyes out of a yellow Labrador Retriever

Yerington, NV

April 2000

A 13-year-old boy was convicted of cutting the eyes out of a yellow Labrador retriever and ordered to serve an indefinite term in a state facility for juvenile delinquents.

District Judge David Huff on January 18, 2001, who also required the boy to undergo counseling and write a letter of apology to the dogs owners, gave the sentence. The dog was euthanized after he was found wandering around blind.

The boy was found guilty in Juvenile Court in November 2000 but had been placed in his parent's custody under house arrest pending sentencing.

After a psychiatric evaluation the boy could end up at a state juvenile center in either Caliente or Elko or possibly be in a lockdown psychiatric facility according to The Chief Deputy District Attorney for Lyon County, John Schlegelmilch.

Nevada is one of 14 states that allow the courts to order counseling for animal abusers.

References:

The Las Vegas Review Journal

The Humane Society of the United States