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Los Angeles youth charged with cruelty after abusing Weimaraner on social media

Renamed Charlie, the two-year-old Weimaraner has been removed from the teen's home and adopted to a new home.
Renamed Charlie, the two-year-old Weimaraner has been removed from the teen's home and adopted to a new home.Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office/ktla.com

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office charged a 17-year-old male on Wednesday with four counts of felony animal cruelty after the teen posted several videos of himself abusing his two-year-old Weimaraner reported the ktla.com.

The teen has been accused of posting videos on an unnamed social video site "posting the acts of cruelty."

According to laweekly.com, L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control director Marcia Mayeda stated that the dog, now renamed Charlie was subjected to being hit, pinched, and other things to "cause it pain."

Charlie was removed from the teen's home and has since been treated by a veterinarian and adopted by an animal control employee.

Charlie has some scarring on his face.

The youth, who has not been named because of his age, is expected to be arraigned on Feb. 27 at the Eastlake Juvenile Court.

Officials from the L.A. District Attorney's Office cited the documented studies relating animal abuse during childhood and teen years to a growing incidence of abuse and criminal activity in adulthood.

The teen faces three years in juvenile detention if found guilty.

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