A 13-year old Alexandria, Louisiana boy was charged with one count of animal cruelty after a video of the teen hitting a young puppy was posted to social media and quickly became viral.
According to a KALB News Channel 5 report,
…the Alexandria Police Department received several complaints that there was a video of a male abusing a small puppy circulating on social media. The report and the video indicated that the abuse occurred in the Alexandria area.
The video (NOT shown below) showed the young boy smacking the puppy across the face with such force that the dog spun around.
The Alexandria Police Department was inundated with calls and emails from concerned citizens around the globe. So many, in fact, that their dispatch system was congested with between 350 and 500 calls every half hour. In addition to filing complaints, urging police to take action, and inquiring about the dog’s safety, several callers were offering to provide a loving home to the abused puppy.
As a result, police investigated the complaints and located the boy in the video, charged him with animal abuse and removed the puppy from the home.
The puppy was seen by a veterinarian and is doing fine, but will remain in safe shelter until the courts determine what will be done with him.
Meanwhile, the Alexandria Police Department is reminding citizens that social media is not always the best method for reporting criminal activity.
As far as we’re concerned, ANY efforts to report animal abuse, whether via social media or not, that result in an arrest and rescue are suitable.