Two teens in Pennsylvania are facing felony animal cruelty charges for repeatedly kicking a grievously injured and immobile deer in the head on November 30. The teens accused of committing this vile act of cruelty are identified as 18-year-old Alexander B. Smith and a 17-year-old unnamed cohort.
The teens were identified thanks to a disturbing video of the abuse which was uploaded to social media. In the video footage, one teen can be seen repeatedly kicking the injured deer in the head – both are laughing as the dying animal suffers agonizing abuse.
In a news release the Pennsylvania Game Commission outlines the charges the teens are facing:
Each faces two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty, as well as several other misdemeanor and summary counts.
The agency adds:
The Nov. 30 incident for which Smith and his accomplice were charged has been seen by thousands of people worldwide who viewed the videos. The Game Commission became aware of the incident soon after the videos were posted, when one viewer shared a video to the agency’s Facebook page. The agency immediately launched an investigation.
Video of abuse on Facebook (Copy/paste link) – please be warned, this is graphic and highly disturbing footage:
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