Wichita teen arrested in animal cruelty case

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita teenager is accused in the death of a small dog.   

Wichita Police were called to a report of a suspicious character Sunday around 7:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of North Wild Rose, by 29th and Ridge Road. 

"It's reported to police that Cole (the suspect) had slammed a small white dog onto the ground. A suspect vehicle was also described to the officers," said Officer Charley Davidson.

Officers arrived and found 19-year-old Cole Carter driving, with two 16-year-old passengers in the vehicle. Police also found a concealed gun and a dead dog nearby. 

Family of the victim say he was a 13-year-old Bichon-Maltese mix, named Benji. He weighed 13 pounds.

Carter was arrested at the scene around 8:11 a.m. and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 11:29 a.m. 

Carter was booked on charges of animal cruelty and carrying a concealed weapon.  

The suspect's parents commented that their son was recently diagnosed with mental health issues.