3 teens arrested for animal abuse in Nassau County


NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Three teenagers, ages 13 and 14, were arrested in Nassau County on animal abuse charges Saturday after video on social media showed them throwing a bunny against the wall.

The disturbing video was viewed on social media thousands of times and prompted the investigation.

News4Jax spoke with a neighbor of the teens. She asked not to be identified and said she saw the story on the news and was stunned by her neighbors' involvement.

“In this area you never really see any problems at all, everyone stays to themselves,” the neighbor said.

This story is similar to a case News4Jax aired out of Clay County a few years back when two teens were charged for torturing a turtle.

Audrey Dearborn is a licensed mental health counselor who said in general, teens who abuse animals often come from homes where there’s already abuse and crimes against animals that can lead to crimes against humans in the future.

“A lot of times these are kids that have some social issues,” Dearborn said. “They can’t seem to make friends or have activities where there is some common bond in the violent act.”

The bunny is currently in the custody of the Nassau County animal control with a fractured leg. They’re saying it will be some time before it can be adopted again.

The teens are being held at juvenile hall.

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