CAMBRIDGE, Ill. (KWQC) — 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 and animal cruelty.
Sentencing will be May 8 at 9:30 a.m.
KWQC's Emma Hogg was inside the courtroom for the trial:
A detective with the Kewanee Police Department testifies Ingram admitted to using a box cutter to slit Thor’s throat, tied him in a bag and left him in a ditch. @kwqcnews— Emma Hogg (@EmmaHoggTV) March 8, 2018
Defense argues the puppy had mange and Ingram’s intent was to put him out of his misery- however the veterinarian who treated Thor after the incident says the dog did not have mange, only fleas. @kwqcnews— Emma Hogg (@EmmaHoggTV) March 8, 2018
Ingram says he WILL NOT testify. Defense rests its case. @kwqcnews— Emma Hogg (@EmmaHoggTV) March 8, 2018