SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi sheriff says he wants to change state law after he was unable to file criminal charges against a child accused of torturing a dog.
Officials say a Tate County juvenile confessed to tying an electrical cord around the dog’s neck and setting it on fire.
Buddy is receiving care from Tyler McMurray (pictured) and the staff at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo by Tom Thompson
The Labrador retriever named Buddy was found April 22 and is being cared for by the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance says the child would be charged with felony animal cruelty if an adult.
Lance says deputies are investigating a possible threat to the child after someone offered a reward for the identity of the juvenile's family.