Teens face two charges of animal cruelty after posting cat abuse on YouTube

Lawton_Two Lawton area teens accused of beating a cat and posting it on YouTube over the weekend will be going through the juvenile justice process in Oklahoma.  The 14 and 16-year-old brothers each face two charges of animal cruelty after law enforcement was directed to two videos on Sunday that showed the beating and torture of the grey cat named Dusty, and each video carries separate charges.  Calls have come in from all over the world to the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department wanting to know what has become of two cats.  People have called with offers to adopt the animals, and pay their medical expenses.

The Comanche County District Attorney’s office says the cats have yet to be adopted – although they remain in the care of a local private vet clinic – because they are part of an ongoing investigation.  7News may be able to get video of the cat after it is released and/or adopted to show the status of its recovery.  Comanche County Juvenile Bureau’s Rick Lowe says that as this is a juvenile case, and he has no comment.  Juvenile records in Oklahoma are sealed.  He did say, however, that the juvenile system does provide consequences for actions, and has a lot of tools at its disposal, both in community service, education, etc.

7News phone lines and emails have been busy with questions about what will happen to the boys.  Even more are requesting information about Dusty the Cat.  The cat is okay and in the care of a veterinarian.

During their investigation, the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department discovered a third abuse video that shows the beating of a black and white cat – also at a teens’ home.  The sheriff’s department rescued that cat today.

The videos uploaded to YouTube show two separate incidents of animal abuse involving the same cat, and the teens face separate charges for each video.  “We filed two counts of animal cruelty on each of the two teenagers today,” said Comanche County District Attorney Robert Schulte.  “They will be referred to the juvenile court system.  We’ll expect them to make their appearance early this week before the juvenile judge.”

The teenagers have a right to a jury trial, and if they waive that, a judge will decide their fate.  Until the two suspects are 18-years-old they are considered juveniles and the court records will be sealed.  However, Schulte says he knows there is a lot of public concern over the case, and the court is taking it seriously.  “I can tell you that our juvenile judge is a long-standing judge, very conservative, very well thought of, very well respected judge,” he said.  “He will do what he believes is necessary, and feels best in this case as it goes through the system.”

The courts have ensured that the pets will not be abused again.  Dusty was removed from the home on Sunday, and the second cat was removed Tuesday.  “They have been treated by local veterinarians, they are doing well,” said Schulte.  “They will not go back into the home, and they are expected to be adopted out into a good home in the next few days.”

Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley says that once the vet treats Dusty and the other cat, 7News will be able to visit them.  You can count on us to have much happier footage of Dusty and the other cat later this week.

Schulte says he did not know what punishment the boys may face if found guilty, but said the penalties for a juvenile conviction could include psychological counseling, court monitoring until they turn 18, community service to provide restitution for treatment of animals, and/or placement in court custody.

Count on 7News for updates on the cats as soon as they are available.

Comments (16)

  • Robynn
    July 26, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    What ever happened to the two derelicts who abused the cats? Dis the cats everf find a better home? I wish the 2 boys were adults so they would get a steeper sentence-maybe some jail time and get the sh*t kicked out of them. Then we could post that on Youtube.

  • mark
    August 14, 2009 at 4:31 am

    i think what is lost here is that anyone who abuses an animal has either already abused a person or will one day do so. it’s odd that a child the age of these two boys who beats or even kills a human would be tried as an adult. well i’m sure these boys will end up in adult court after they murder someone in the distant future.

  • ambumusculsib
    August 14, 2009 at 5:09 am

    What’s up, is there anybody else here?
    If there’s anyone else here, let me know.
    Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.


  • carlaina
    October 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Well i think tht animal cruelty is wrong and im going to do something about and i dont care how much time it takes

  • Jen
    May 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm


    I think this person should go to prison for 20 years. It’s sad that people like this are even allowed to exist.


  • Sad
    August 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

    What can you say to such a sad person, I only hope what happens to them is strong enough to change everything they where taught.

  • Ronny Peler
    August 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

    It’s just amazing how bad some people can be at their core, yet good people have to share air with them. I can’t think of anything much worse then hurt defenseless because you are so insecure from bad parenting.

  • pam
    August 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

    there parents and them should go to jail

  • Beverly
    October 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I hope they will burn for this! I also have to say that mink has to stop. I cannot believe some designers still do this!

  • randy
    November 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Good to see a little justice, but the parents should be punished as well.

  • michelle
    January 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I’d want to say thanks for the time frame you took in publishing this article. Sad but it’s good to expose this.

  • Miz
    November 17, 2011 at 3:06 am


  • Dan
    December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    People are so sad, I hope they make an example of these horrible kids.

  • Martha
    December 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    They should punish the parents for raising their kids so bad.

  • horas
    June 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I would put their parents in Jail, but that’s just me.

  • Dr Ed
    November 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Wow, there parents should be arrested. The ultimate parent failure.

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