A 14-year-old Linthicum boy was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he stabbed and killed his family's St. Bernard puppy to death Tuesday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police said.
Police say officers went to the home, in the 200 block of Mountain Road, and found the boy in his bedroom with the 10-week-old puppy, which appeared to have been stabbed in the throat and stomach. The boy and the puppy, which was found lying on its side at the foot of the 14-year-old's bed, were both covered in blood, police said. Next to the puppy was a kitchen knife.
Police could not find evidence the dog provoked the attack or that any problems with it had been reported to animal control.
"When he was taken into custody, he did not provide an explanation as to why he stabbed the puppy," Anne Arundel police said in a statement.
The boy was released into his father's custody, police said.