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Avoca teen charged with animal cruelty for killing his dog with a shovel

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John Eplin, 18, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty in the egregious torture and death of his pit bull after authorities found the remains of the dog in a shallow grave in the Village of Avoca reported

Following an investigation to a complaint in April, the New York State Police in Bath and the Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, arrested Eplin for allegedly choking his pet pit bull until the dog was unconscious and then beating the animal over the head with a shovel until the animal was dead.

Eplin then is alleged to have buried the dog in Avoca.

The suspect was arraigned and released on Monday in his own recognizance. He was arrested on May 30.

If found guilty, Eplin faces a fine, jail sentence or both.

According to the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, violent behavior in youngsters must always be taken seriously. With early treatment, children and teens can be helped to enable them to deal with their intense anger and frequent loss of tempers. Tragically, violence commonly leads to more violence.

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