Dog Rescuer’s Son, 11, Kills Family’s Rescued Black Lab Pup

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

The 11-year-old son of a Middleburg, Florida, animal rescuer has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty for killing the family’s rescued Black Labrador puppy, Jade, and burying her body in their yard, reports First Coast News.

Still struggling with the shock and distress over her son’s behavior and mourning the tragic loss of the helpless animal which the boy stabbed to death, the mother showed police where she was found. "That's actually where he buried her, we found her a couple feet up over there," said the distraught mother who is going by 'Kim' so that her son’s identity is not revealed.

The mother says she has done dog rescue for four years and never seen any signs that would have signaled this sudden attack.

For three weeks the boy was supposedly helping her search for the missing 7-month-old dog never dreaming her pet was “murdered” by her own son, she said.

"There was a hole there, and a bag sticking out of it and I just slowly pieced together the pieces," she said.

Jade’s body, without her head, was dug up by her other dogs, according to

 She said that her 11-year-old son then confessed.  He admitted that he had stabbed Jade and buried her.

His mother then turned him over to authorities and the boy is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center on the aggravated animal cruelty charge.

"Now we're doing family counseling every week, they recommend a psychological evaluation, which he's scheduled for," said the child's mother.

"As a mother and a rescuer…I cry all the time," said “Kimi.” 

If you suspect any animal is being neglected or abused, please call and report your concerns immediately to your local animal control agency, police or sheriff’s department.  First Coast News reminds us that anonymous reports can be made through Crimestoppers at 1-866-845 TIPS.

Sources:, First Coast News, Life With Dogs

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