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Teen accused of slashing puppy’s throat will be charged as an adult, judge rules

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CAMBRIDGE, Illinois -- A judge ruled in favor of making a discretionary transfer from juvenile court to adult court in the case of a teenager accused of severely injuring a puppy.

The 17-year-old was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and animal torture.  Initially the case was being handled in the juvenile system.  On Thursday, October 26th, a judge decided to transfer the case to adult court.

According to the Kewanee Police Department, on Tuesday, July 25, they responded to reports of a possible injured animal at the entrance of Lakeland Terrace apartment complex, where a puppy was found with four lacerations on its neck and abrasions on its back.

That puppy was taken to the Kewanee Vet Clinic where it received life-saving care.

Workers at the Henry County Humane Society named the puppy "Thor" and a community of supporters have stood behind the pup.  Thor has since recovered and his handlers say that he is doing good.

Thanking the community: Thor tours Kewanee to meet those who gave donations in his name

The teenager's next court appearance will be Monday, October 30th at 2 p.m.