The dog's skull was crushed and his spine severed in the brutal attack

By Tara Fowler
Updated September 02, 2015 08:50 AM
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An 11-year-old boy was sentenced to 18 months probation on Monday for beating his neighbor’s dog to death.

Investigators said in May that the young boy lured Cookie, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel-poodle mix, out of his neighbor’s backyard in Fort Worth, Texas, then cornered the pup on a porch and killed him, CBS News reports.

Cookie’s skull was crushed and his spine severed in the brutal attack, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In August, the boy, who is not being identified because he is a minor, pleaded guilty to the charges against him. A court-appointed psychologist said the killing was precipitated in part by “anger, resentment and envy” over recent issues at home and school.

During his sentencing, the boy apologized to Cookie’s owner, who in turn read him a letter, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

You are a minor with some major problems, the letter says. You may fulfill your sentence but you may not. A lot of that will depend on your parents, on whether you want to do what is right, on whether they want what is best for you.

In addition to the probation, the boy must also undergo family and individual counseling and perform 30 hours of community service. The judge in the case concluded his sentencing by urging the boy to prove that he won’t do something like this again.

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