Thursday, August 04, 2011
August 4, 2011
Clay County Sheriff's Office
Animal Cruelty Investigation Results in Arrest of 12 Year Old; 3pm Media Briefing Planned
CCSO General Investigations Unit Detectives arrested a male juvenile suspect last night and charged him with two counts of Animal Abuse (felony charges). The 12-year-old Orange Park resident is currently incarcerated in the Juvenile Detention Facility in Jacksonville.
Detectives believe that between July 2, 2011 and July 16, 2011 the suspect entered the stables at 320 Tanglewood Blvd. at least twice and attacked several animals stabled there. In all, he is responsible for attacking two ponies and two goats which, as a result of their injuries, had to be put down by the owner. One horse was injured (by cutting) but survived. One baby chick was found dismembered at the scene as well. No motive for these attacks has been identified.
The three-week-long investigation led detectives to the identity of this defendant and his arrest by warrant. Additionally, at least two witnesses place the suspect in the area of the crime(s) during this time period.
At 3pm today at the CCSO's Orange Park Operations Center (212 Blanding Blvd.) Det. Bryan McGuiness will be available to answer questions the media may have about the case and arrest. Our agency will not release photographs from the original scene of the injured/dead animals as they are extremely graphic and are evidence in a pending prosecution.
CCSO members will be available by phone only after the 3pm briefing to discuss the arrest with any media outlets not able to attend in person.