Pennsylvania officials say two teenage suspects responsible for a brutal dog attack on a Philadelphia family’s cat have been arrested after turning themselves in.
The suspects were captured on video leaving a pair of dogs off leash and encouraging them to attack a cat sitting on a porch, cheering them on as they mutilated the animal, media reported. The attack was eventually stopped when someone inside the house came out and intervened.
The cat, named Buddy, survived in critical condition, according to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The video, first shared online by the SPCA of Pennsylvania on March 22, sparked widespread outrage online. The video has since been taken down.
Three days later, on March 25, the PSPCA announced that they had identified the suspects.
Accompanied by a parent, the teens walked into the Pennsylvania SPCA to “respond to charges,” the organization said in a social media post.
“Both suspects have been taken into custody and are awaiting a custody determination hearing,” the post said. The suspects are 12 and 17 years old.
Their dogs have been taken into the care of the SPCA as the investigation continues.
According to the PSPCA, the teens face several charges, including felony animal fighting and aggravated animal cruelty, but those charges do not allow the juvenile suspects to be treated as adults.
Although Buddy was in terrible condition after the attack, the cat is still alive and recovering, thanks to emergency veterinary care and help from the SPCA, the posts show.
“Buddy remains in critical condition, but his prognosis is optimistic,” the PSPCA said.