An Uptown man and a 13-year-old boy face multiple charges after allegedly posting videos of themselves torturing puppies on YouTube.
Here is a portion of the story from CBS Chicago:
As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, police say Joshua Moore, 22, of the Uptown neighborhood, and the younger boy, abused the animals for no reason than their own personal entertainment.
They are now facing a combined 21 counts of animal torture and animal cruelty. The torture counts are felonies.
The videos are no longer available on YouTube, but police say they show the suspects violently spinning the small dogs and puppies and circles on their leashes, then shooting close-ups of their eyes pulsating.
The two are seen tossing terriers and Chihuahuas into the air and allowing them to drop and land hard on the floor.
In one video, they take puppies away from their mother and hide them, leaving the frantic dog looking for them.
Police say the suspects identified themselves by name in the videos, and were also easy to find because of their many distinctive tattoos, the Sun-Times Media Wire reported.
Police from Fort Wayne, Ind., assisted in the investigation, after police found out the 13-year-old boy had gotten on a Greyhound bus that headed there from Chicago, the wire reported.
Ten dogs were also removed from a home in the 200 block of North Lockwood Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. The dogs were taken into protective custody.
Complaints to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals led to the arrests.
- Esther Daniela Castillejo