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Psychologist sees dire future for teen accused of animal abuse
CLIMAX, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) A West Michigan community is on edge tonight, in fear of teenagers that neighbors say are torturing and killing cats.
Its a horrific animal cruelty investigation Newschannel 3 broke on Tuesday, and well warn you that some of the details are extremely disturbing.
Cats and squirrels have been beaten, tortured and left for dead in the Village of Climax, and there are concerns he violence could lead to something much worse.
On Tuesday night, Newschannel 3 spoke with the mother of the 13-year-old at the center of the investigation. She says her son has made some bad choices, but that shes never seen him hurt an animal.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriffs Office is investigating reports of someone torturing, even killing several cats and squirrels in Climax.
One cat in particular was killed and it was actually skinned and thrown in the yard, said Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas. Another cat was just found that it was acting really strange, the homeowners took it to the vet, and the vet said this cat has been beaten really bad, like with a baseball bat.
Jamie Everdeen told Newschannel 3 that her cat had been a victim as well.
The first time was with his bike, he tried to bring his bike up and actually slam it down on her, said Everdeen.
A Climax maintenance worker tells Newschannel 3 he found a cat with its head smashed in at a local cemetery.
Newschannel 3 spoke with psychologist Vicki Vanas about the disturbing allegations.
We know that most people that become serial killers also abused animals as children, said Vanas, and this behavior is not something that will go away or hell grow out of.
Vanas also said that a child who abuses animals has zero empathy, often due to being abused, witnessing abuse or being severely neglected. The result often produces. The result often produces a sociopath or a psychopath at a young age and the abuse will only continue.
It will accelerate, and yes it is possible he could hurt a child, said Vanas.
The teens mother tells Newschannel 3 that she is concerned by the psychologists predections and will try to get her son the help he needs.