WASHINGTON - A 14-year-old boy has been taken into custody and charged with animal cruelty after police say he stabbed the family puppy in his Linthicum, Md., home.
Anne Arundel County police say officers were called to the home in the 200 block of Mountain Road and found the boy in his bedroom, along with the family's 10-week-old St. Bernard puppy covered in blood.
It appeared the dog had been stabbed in the throat and stomach area, police say.
The dog was dead and lying on its side in the boy's bed.
Police officers found a kitchen knife covered in blood at the foot of the bed.
Police say there is no evidence the puppy provoked the attack and the boy did not offer any explanations of why he stabbed the puppy.
The boy was taken to the hospital for medical treatment and has been charged with animal cruelty on a juvenile citation.
He was released back into his father's custody.
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