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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 03:38 PM
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Teenagers Lit Turtle On Fire Twice (So they could get a better video)
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MOORHEAD, Minn. An 18-year-old has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for a videotaped incident in which he and two friends lit a turtle on fire and danced around it.

Joel Charles Ross of Hawley admitted they set the large snapping turtle on fire. He said they did it not once, but twice, and dressed up differently because they wanted to make their video "more funny and exciting.''

"I put the gas on the turtle and made a trail, and one of my friends ignited it with a lighter,'' he said.

The video was posted online. Ross was arrested after a police officer received it in an e-mail.

Ross acknowledged in court Monday that he knew the act would be cruel and painful to to the animal.

Judge Michael Kirk will sentence Ross Sep. 18. He could face up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

But Ross's attorney doesn't expect the maximum because the two juveniles involved received community service.

Kirk also ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Ross after defense attorney Dennis Fisher said, "it was too expensive for the family to do it on their own.''

Fisher said the incident seemed to him to be a one-time event. "He has pets at home; he's had pets at home before,'' Fisher said. "None of those animals have ever been harmed.''

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/602194.html
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 03:53 PM
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1. They probably watch "America's Funniest Home Videos"
They're always showing clips of kids and animals getting hurt for laughs. :(
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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 03:55 PM
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2. That show needs to be destroyed.
I've seen such horrific child abuse... and then they add the f*cking laugh track!
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 04:26 PM
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5. It seems like they encourage people to
hurt their kids and their pets...

I think it should be off the air, too.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 03:57 PM
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3. How awful!
Idiots!
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 03:57 PM
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4. Another piece of shit rat bastard makes the news.
He knew it would be cruel and painful. Enjoy putting this tasty tidbit on all your future job applications, Ross, you fuck.

There. I'm done. Feeling better now that that's out.
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 04:37 PM
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6. yeah, I'm so glad that the laws about this are getting tougher.
I'm always taking hit by car snapping turtles to the emergency clinic, they get run over on my road all the time and alot of times they don't die right away. Sometimes they can fix them but usually the ones I find have to be put to sleep.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 04:40 PM
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7. I think justice in this case would be best served
By dousing Ross and his buddies with gas, lighting them up and dancing around *them* for a few minutes. Perhaps they'll get a clue about empathy, and not to inflict cruelty on those weaker than themselves.

Goddamn sociopaths, today it's turtles, moving on up to humans here in a few years.
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CrushTheDLC Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 05:06 PM
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8. These kids could be future mass murdering dictators!
I believe Chimpy started by sticking firecrackers up a frog's ass. :nuke:
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