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Four teens jailed for animal cruelty after torturing, killing goat

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By LARRY MILLER
ABC 33/40

Four teenage boys, all of them students at West Point High School, are behind bars in the Juvenile Detention Center in Cullman County.  Police say cellphone video tipped them off of a disturbing act of animal cruelty. 

"These individuals have never owned a pet.  That's my personal belief," said Mike Rainey, Sheriff in Cullman County. 

The boys, three of them 14 and one 15 years old, are accused of stealing a young goat from a nearby farm and killing it, but not before torturing the helpless animal. 
 
According to police, the young boys bound the goat up by its legs and dumped it into an area right off of a Cullman County bridge.  We're told the gruesome act happened at the intersection of county road 1216 and 1218 last month,. 

"They're definitely kids I don't want my kid hanging around," said Rainey. 

Police say the boys caught the act on a cellphone and took it to school and when students got word of the video they told administrators. 

"Nothing took place at school but it was heard...over the weekend," explained Heith Yearwood, Principal of West Point High School.  

Police are not releasing video of the incident because the investigation is on-going.  School officials are hoping this disturbing situation doesn't put their school in a negative light. 

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