Animal activists outraged after teens shoot dog

Animal activists outraged after teens shoot dog
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two teens admitted to shooting a video of killing a dog and firing at a security guard last year.

Cindy Marx-Sanders with Community Action for Animals expressed her concern regarding the incident.

"Sick doesn't even begin to describe it. The dog was actually greeting them. He was standing up wagging his tail," Sanders said.

Teenagers Matthew Tyler and Deshun Hampton took turns firing a handgun that killed a barking dog on the opposite side of the fence. They also shot at a security guard that same night.

Sanders and others presented a statement during the sentencing hearing saying that the teens' deviant behavior shocks the conscience.

"When you have people that have committed acts such as this, and derived pleasure from them, they pose an extra threat to our community," Sanders noted.

Advocates hope to increase penalties for animal cruelty.

"Put them away for the human, but make sure they have a nice long tack on for the animal too," Sanders said.

Tyler and Hampton are facing up to 75 years for more serious crimes such as aggravated robbery.

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