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Salinas boy arrested for hanging dog, police say

October 29, 2012 |  7:41 am

A 12-year-old Salinas boy is in juvenile hall after allegedly hanging a dog and telling police he wanted to see the animal die, authorities said.

The boy was booked Friday into Monterey County Juvenile Hall on felony animal-cruelty charges, Salinas police Cmdr. David Crabill said in a statement.

Police went to an apartment in the 300 block of Front Street about 4 p.m. Friday after a 911 dispatcher heard a female caller say "he's hurting the dog," Crabill said. The woman sounded as though she was struggling with someone while on the phone, he said.

Officers were denied entry to the apartment by someone inside and instead used a pass key to get in, Crabill said. There, they found the 12-pound terrier-mix "hanging by its collar on the bedroom door handle."

The boy came out of the same bedroom, Crabill said, and allegedly told police "I was mad at the dog so I killed it."

Crabill said the boy showed "absolutely no remorse."

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