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Suspected dog abusers arrested after disturbing video is posted to Facebook

Screen shot of boy allegedly abusing dog
Screen shot of boy allegedly abusing dog
Screen shot of uploaded Facebook video

According to Thursday's publication of St. Louis Today, two boys in St. Louis County, Mo., have been arrested after a video of suspected dog abuse was posted to Facebook.

The disturbing video was uploaded to Facebook on Feb. 25; it features a boy who repeatedly picks a pit bull puppy up by the front legs and then hurls the pup through the air and onto the ground.

The same boy then punches the dog, who is trying to escape - in the meantime, the boy who is filming the cruel act can be heard laughing uncontrollably.

Outraged Facebook users began calling the authorities on Thursday morning and by this afternoon, the St. Louis County police had arrested two boys who are students at Riverview Gardens School District; the boys were taken to the St. Louis County Juvenile Justice Center.

St. Louis County Officer Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the department, stated:

Apparently, this was a Facebook post that spread far and wide pretty quickly,

We've gotten about 50 calls from people nationwide.”

The boys, who ignorantly posted the abusive video to Facebook, coupled with the outcry from disgusted Facebook users, and the fast action on the part of the local authorities, resulted in the dog being removed from the home and the alleged abusers being caught.

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