Youths sentenced for animal cruelty incident

The judge imposed a 12-month referral order on the 15-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy, both from Gosport. They admitted one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

A 13-year-old boy received a nine-month extension to a current three-month referral order, and a 14-year-old boy from the Southampton area received a 12-month youth rehabilitation order. They both admitted two charges.

All must each pay £59 compensation to cover an emergency vet bill, and £85 costs.

Sentencing all four, the judge said: ‘This is quite a grotesque act. Most decent people would be reviled by what you’ve done.

‘To treat helpless animals in that way and to arm yourselves to do it, not on one occasion but on another occasion, is disgusting.

‘Were you to be adults you’d go straight to prison and deserve to go to prison.

‘What sort of people you are I can only speculate about. I think you’re disgusting.

‘I’d like to send you all to prison but the law says I can’t do that.’