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Two Teens Charged With Animal Torture

Two Teens Charged With Animal Torture

Three counts of animal torture have been charged against two 17-year-old Michigan boys after they allegedly used a broken steel bar to beat and kill two pregnant cows and a bull.

Menominee County Sheriff, Kenny Marks told the Chicago Tribune his office was called by farm owner Gary Niarhos early Monday morning after he found a pool of blood in a corral when he went to feed his animals. The cattle had been herded into a chute where they were beaten and impaled with a steel rod and shovel.

Sheriff Marks told the Daily Press, “It was a pretty bad deal there. We haven’t seen anything like this in a while.”

The initial investigation revealed that two 2-year-old pregnant heifers and a 2-year-old bull named “Bubs” had been stabbed several times and impaled with a steel bar. Marks explained two teenage boys allegedly corralled the animals into a cattle chute, which is used for vaccinations, and then tortured the animals by repeatedly stabbing them. The abuse took place during the night on Sunday.

Nicholas Leisner and Peter Sauve were arrested for the crime and arraigned on Tuesday. Both 17-year-olds were visiting a camp next door to the Niarhos farm.

The sheriff blamed the torture on “vindictive behavior” and the “illegal consumption of alcohol.”

The two pregnant cows were injured so badly they had to be euthanized. Bubs the bull, is being treated for life-threatening injuries that include “knife wounds and a broken backbone and jaw.”

The teens were initially held in the county jail, but each has been released after making bail. Each charge against them for killing and torturing an animal is punishable by up to a maximum of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Niarhos said, “I’m sitting here to see how it plays out in court. I hope the court does what they’re supposed to do.”

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2:01PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

AN EYE FOR AN EYE JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE HELPLESS CREATURES WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO TORUTURE AND KILL THEM . IT'S A SHAME THAT HUMANS HAVE LOST ALL COMPASSION AND ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE SAVAGES.

1:16PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

I agree with you Caterina C., but as far as I'm concerned the maximum penalty is not good enough for these scumbags. This heinous crime was inherently evil and this is one of the crimes that should require them to be locked away PERMANTELY!!! I think the maximum penalty is 4 or 5 years? THAT'S NOTHING compared to ALL of the pain and misery they caused these poor defenseless animals. They are spawns from hell and at the very least they need to be lobotomized ALONG with their parents. If they are free on any other level they will repeat their actions and it WILL be humans next. Being drunk is no excuse and the worst part about the whole thing is that there will be SOMEONE who will come to the defense of these evil craps and defend them and claim that IT WOULD BE CHILD ABUSE TO LOCK THEM UP FOREVER, THAT THEY ARE TOO YOUNG!!! They need to be stoned and burned. The WHOLE FAMILY!!!

9:33AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Horrible story. Those bastards should be inflicted the same wounds as the ones they found it fun to inflict on the animals. What kind of future are those youngsters going to have? Do we have to expect them to become delinquents?

2:34PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Maximum penalty!! Freighting to think what their future holds if they do not learn a lesson from this horrible act. They should also have to recive a mental evaluation.

6:32AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Someone this evil at this age will do nothing but cause more pain if allowed to go free...Why can't they just be treated the same way that they treated these poor defenseless animals?

Four lives taken at the hands of these bastards... I say punish them the same way...they deserve no pitty. See how it feels to be on the otherside of the beating...sorry...just because they were drinking this does not give them an excuse to treat ANY living being this way...today animals tomorrow...who's child will they corner and beat to death?

10:49PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
---St. Francis of Assisi

3:31AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Simple, there are enough nutter sadists out there -stick these bastards in the samr room and let them all have fun...
This is not the first time they have done it, but it is the first time they have been found.
WHY ARE COUNTRIES NOT TEACHING COMPASSION TO ALL CREATURES INCLUDING HUMANS....?????
These boys are lost....SHAME ON THEM, THEIR PARENTS AND SOCIETY.
LOCK THEM UP FOREVER.
What compassion did they serve to these poor creatures who could not escape?

3:26AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

that is how serial killers are born....they should be in jail now, before they go on a killing spree

8:03PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Geez, what is wrong with these kids??! They need to be punished accordingly for this! This is sick and they would probably do it again. Horrible.

5:49PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

That's disgusting. No one is supposed to treat animals this way, much less 17 year olds. 4 years is too little of a punishment.

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