Two Texas teens have been arrested Wednesday on felony animal cruelty charges after they allegedly killed a dog, a cat and three kittens in a “cult style manner.”
Authorities began an investigation after a dog went missing near County Road 769, and arrested 17-year-old Mark Ainsworth and 18-year-old Delaney Walters. The teens have been charged with five counts of animal cruelty to “non-livestock animals.”
According to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, an 8-year-old Australian cattle dog, named Camo, was found tied to a tree and had been skinned, Fox8 News reported.
Further investigation reveals that the two teens also tortured and killed a cat and three kittens in a “satanic-type” ritual.
“The animal went through a lot of torture,” Sheriff Jason Bridges said. “It was skinned. Some of the parts were removed. We all love animals. We all love him and they weigh heavy on our hearts and to see what these animals went through and the way they were tortured is sad.”
During a police interview, the two teens reportedly confessed to killing the animals. Investigators later found video and photographs of the crimes.
Ainsworth and Walters remain in Nacogdoches County Jail, and are currently being held without bond.
Camo had been part of a nearby family who said he was a rescue dog.
“He had a heart of gold,” the owner said. “He loved children very much. He was very smart.”
The unnamed woman said Camo would walk with the children to the bus stop every morning and wait for them to return.
“Sometimes it shows up in children or adolescence and it is what we call conduct disorder and that’s one of the criteria; aggression towards people or animals,” licensed counselor Debra Burton, who believes the teen may be mentally ill, was quoted by The Inquisitr as saying.
Burton has not interviewed the teens who were arrested for killing the neighborhood pets. She says conduct disorder is just an example.