I'm with the rest of you - I cannot stand when an innocent child or defenseless animal is hurt or brutally killed. What a senseless, cowardly act. Anyone convicted of an act of violence against a child or animal should be dragged on their faces into a public forum and stoned. Don't have them killed - just let them get a heapin' helping of what pain (and fear) really feels like.
On second thought - just shoot 'em.