The teen has not been identified because of his age, but has been charged with one count of first degree animal cruelty and two counts of second degree animal cruelty and intimidating a witness on May 15 on the 800 block of 11th Street in Asotin. When the teen's aunt heard the puppy cry out in another room and asked what happened, the teen told her that he had picked the puppy up the wrong way, but everything was fine. When the daughter arrived home later in the day, she found her Chihuahua puppy hidden under a blanket; the defenseless pooch had died as a result of a broken neck.
The family's two other dogs, a nine-month-old and a five-year-old Chihuahua and dachshund mixes were also injured and presented with bruises around their eyes and ribs.
The teen has a record of previous violent crimes. If found guilty as a juvenile, he faces the maximum of 30 days in jail and 150 hours of community service.
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