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UPDATE 3/8/18: Damien Ingram, accused of mutilating a Kewanee puppy named Thor back in July, was in court for a bench trial on Thursday morning, March 8. Just before 11 a.m., the Judge found the 17-year-old guilty of animal torture.
UPDATE: A judge ruled the juvenile suspect will be moved to adult court. The 17-year-old in the case has been named as Damien Ingram.
ORIGINAL: A teen accused of abusing a puppy in Henry County will be back in court Thursday morning, where the judge is expected to hear if the juvenile should be tried as an adult.
On Tuesday, July 25, authorities received a call that a dog was lying in front of the Lakeland Terrace Housing Project. Upon arrival, they located the dog with four lacerations to his throat and a cut on his back.
Local veterinarians treated the dog and named "Thor" which means strength.
The Kewanee Police Department charged a 17-year-old with aggravated animal cruelty, who according to police, confessed to the abuse.
The Henry County States Attorney filed a motion to have the juvenile, who has already appeared in court, tried as an adult. Last time in court, the defense attorney said he didn't have enough time to get a mental health evaluation completed.
The teen and their mother told the judge the teen had two mental health evaluations in the past.
At least two women with the "core" group of those helping Thor recover, Stephanie Ince and Jami Lee, told TV-6 they are testifying at the hearing.
They also said, thanks to taking Thor out in public and his age at the time of the alleged abuse, the puppy has easily learned to love people.
The Henry County Humane society said Thor is fully recovered, doing well and about to make his transition into a forever home.
Stick with TV-6 on-air on the TV-6 news app for updates on the hearing.
To donate to the Henry County Humane Society's continued fundraiser to combat animal abuse, head to their official Facebook page.