Animal cruelty is a serious crime linked to other violent crimes. Studies have proven that an animal abuser is five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans, including child abuse and domestic violence. In fact, in homes monitored for child abuse cases, 88 percent also had animal abuse present, and 83 percent of victims entering domestic violence shelters reported their partners having abused their animals also. It is for these serious reasons that several states have been making their animal cruelty laws stricter with harsher penalties.

There is never an acceptable reason for animal abuse, but some cases are even more shocking than others. In the small town of Kewanee, Illinois, a 17-year-old male confessed to brutally slicing the flesh on the neck and back of a tiny eight-week-old puppy. We warn you, the following images may be graphic for some viewers.


The sweet puppy who rescuers named Thor was found severely injured with deep lacerations on his neck and back.  The veterinarian taking care of Thor estimated his injuries to be between 12-24 hours old, and maggots had already infested the open wounds.


Thor is living up to his name and persevering with strength and courage. He is expected to make a full recovery, but he will not be available for adoption for at least several weeks.



petition has been set up to demand justice for Thor. Although the culprit confessed and has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty, he is being charged as a juvenile instead of as an adult. The petition’s author argues that if someone is capable of planning and executing such a senseless violent crime, that they are a danger to society and should be charged as an adult. If you agree this animal abuser should be charged as an adult, please take a moment to sign the petition.

And please share this with your friends and family to gain more support for baby Thor!

All Image Source: Henry County Humane Society, Kewanee, IL/Facebook