Nebraska Boy Given Probation for Attacking Dog with Ax

gavel-and-scaleFAIRBURY, Neb. (AP) — A 13-year-old who tortured his grandfather’s 3-pound dog with an ax has been sentenced to serve probation and receive counseling until his legally an adult.

A Jefferson County judge sentenced the teen Wednesday after the boy admitted to a misdemeanor charge of attempted animal cruelty causing injury.

Authorities say that in April, when he was 12, the boy kicked and hit the Chihuahua with an ax while it was tied to a tree in his grandfather’s yard. The dog’s jaw was shattered and one of its eyes was pulled from a socket in the attack.

A veterinarian treated the dog, but it’s not known whether the animal survived its injuries.