Boy, 10, to be charged with animal cruelty for allegedly beating dog to death

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FORT WORTH -- It's a monstrous story. Wednesday, we told you about Cookie, the little black dog who was beaten to death in Fort Worth.

Cops say the 10-year-old suspect will be charged with animal cruelty-torture.

"I want justice for my dog, for Cookie," said the dog's owner, Jennifer Knittel, "But this little boy needs help."

But just how do you get justice and help when the defendant has barely hit double digits?

History has shown us that violent criminals often have a history of animal cruelty. In January, a Dallas man convicted of setting a dog on fire back in 2013 was again, this time for shooting a person.

So, how does the legal system deal with a child accused of torturing and killing a neighbor's pet?

We spoke with John Teakell, a criminal defense attorney who's seen his share of cases against juvenile defendants.

"The juvenile system, unlike the adult criminal system, is really supposed to be geared toward rehabilitation, and catching those type of issues," Teakell said, "It wouldn't be out of line, I think, where he's placed in, at least part time, some sort of camp or some sort of setting, where he's getting an evaluation and some sort of counseling."

Whatever the outcome, here's hoping it's enough to make Cookie the last victim in this case.