Authorities in Alexandria, La., arrested a 13-year-old teen on one count of animal cruelty following the circulation of a video, via social media, which showed the alleged abuse, reported Monday's KALB News.
Dozens of concerned individuals who watched the disturbing video, which appears to show a teenage male striking a small puppy, contacted the authorities over the weekend; the outpouring of concern and a demand for action prompted the Alexandria Police Department to launch an investigation.
On Sunday, the police department released the following statement:
Final update on animal cruelty investigation: Officers located the puppy, the puppy is fine and was placed in a shelter for the night. Charges are pending. As the officers are still working - nothing further can be released at this time.
Please do not call HQ w questions as these officers have been inundated and they can release nothing further. Additional info will be made available tomorrow via media relations officer. Again thanks to the public for their assistance and patience.
Though it was social media, specifically Facebook, which led the authorities to the alleged abuser, the Alexandria Police Department reminded the public that reports of alleged abuse should be made directly to their department, rather than through social media outlets.
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