According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:
Matthew Allen Edmondson, 18, of Spring Meadows Drive in Ringgold, was arrested July 22 on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal conspiracy to commit a crime. He was released on bond two days later on July 24.
The identity of the second teen, who was arrested on the same charges, hasn’t been released publicly because he’s a juvenile under 16 years of age.
The investigation began around 8:15 p.m. on July 11 when a woman in Rossville called the Sheriff’s Department claiming her daughter had witnessed Snapchat videos of two teens torturing and killing rabbits live on the social media site.
According to witnesses, the boys were allegedly “laughing as they were cutting a live rabbit’s throat, stomping the head of a live rabbit, and taking a ball bat and hitting a rabbit,” reports show.
According to deputy Elliot Welch, the boys also demanded money in the videos.
“The suspects told the girl that they would continue to kill the rabbits unless people bought them for $15 each,” Welch said.
A male friend of the woman who notified police contacted the teens and tried to set up a meet to buy the rabbits, with deputies waiting to confront them, but the suspects didn’t show up for the meet at the Food Lion in Ringgold.
An hour or so before the incident, another lady attempted to file a similar complaint in Ringgold.
Deputies met with the concerned resident at Ringgold City Hall after she claimed to have seen the same videos on Snapchat involving two boys killing rabbits.
Detectives were able to determine that videos of the boys committing the acts appeared on Snapchat from around 4 p.m. to about 6:40 p.m. that day.
Ultimately, on July 21, Cpl. Jake Hollis, detective Jason Sullivan, and deputy Brittany Gilleland were able to serve warrants on the two boys at the younger boy’s residence.
Edmondson was arrested and taken to the Catoosa County jail, while the other boy was taken into custody to a juvenile detention in Dalton, Ga.
At the residence, detectives found 11 more rabbits alive in cages, reports show.
The case and charges were explained to the younger boy’s mother and she agreed to turn the animals over to Catoosa County Animal Control.
According to Hollis, Catoosa County Animal Control is expected to turn the rabbits over to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, planned to then place them with a rabbit rescue team out of Cartersville, Ga.
Full Name: Matthew Alle Edmondson
Date of arrest: 07/22/2016
Time: 11:32 AM
Block: Spring Meadows Dr
City: Ringgold, Georgia 30736
Weight: 175 lbs
- #1 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME. STATUTE: 16-4-8 ( Felony)
- #2 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME. STATUTE: 16-4-8 ( Felony)
- #3 AGGRAVATED CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. STATUTE: 16-12-4 ( Felony)
- #4 AGGRAVATED CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. STATUTE: 16-12-4 ( Felony)
The FBI has, for decades, recognized that animal abuse is a gateway crime to other serious crimes such as rape and murder. This is why animal lovers are up in arms about these "boys" did REPEATEDLY for fun.
To derive pleasure from the suffering and pain of others, even small animals, is sociopathic behavior.
Child Killer: Brenda Spencer is notorious for shooting a gun into a crowd of children. Eleven children were hit by her bullets with two dying. When she was a child, Spencer lit the tails of cats and dogs, which she found in the neighborhood, on fire
Child Killer: Ian Brady boasted that he killed his first cat aged just ten. As a child, he tortured and killed animals, stoning dogs and cutting the heads off rabbits. He burnt a cat alive. He later killed five children.
(Northwest Georgia News - July 28, 2016)