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2 Juveniles Arrested After Dog Abuse Video Goes Viral on Facebook

stldogabusefbTwo St. Louis County, Missouri juveniles were arrested and charged with animal abuse yesterday after a disturbing video of their horrific abuse to a young Pit Bull surfaced and quickly went viral on Facebook.

In the video, one young boy is seen throwing the puppy high into the air before slamming it down onto the ground and punching it repeatedly while his friend giggled behind the video camera.

The video was shared on the social media site thousands of times, while calls and emails to police and news stations poured in. News 4 reports that police arrested the boys immediately after the video was brought to their attention. Animal control has taken the dog into custody where she is being treated for injuries. Typically, dogs taken into custody through abuse cases are held during investigations. After the case is closed, the courts will determine the dog’s future.

Initial reports indicate the dog is doing well and should eventually be available for adoption.

“The County Police Department takes these incidents very seriously and we have a zero tolerance approach towards the inhumane treatment of animals,” said Officer Brian Schellman told News 4.

The Humane Society has proven that a correlation exists between animal abuse and other acts of violence. St. Louis County police expressed concern that the boys’ disregard for the well-being of the dog will translate into violent acts toward people.

The boys’ names and identities have not been released due to their age.

Please remember, if you see something, say something.

Warning: While the video below has been blurred to conceal the boys’ identities, some viewers may be disturbed by the abuse acts shown. View at your own risk.



  1. Theresa

    Oct 11, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Someone has got to recognize these kids and where they live! I’ll give $20 to whoever publishes their names and address! Everyone needs to be warned about these sick, psycho little SOB’s and their parents also! I’m all for marching them to the woods and shooting them in the head! The most they’re worth in this life is buzzard food!


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  3. Joey Garcia

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Poor dog. The blame and hate should be directed towards the parents of these kids for raising them without being taught about how to love animals. I’m glad this video went viral and caught our attention because many of these abusive acts (and even worse) are not captured on camera but if we work hand in hand and do something, we can still save these helpless animals.

  4. Mary

    Mar 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    It’s appalling that people are posting to treat these boys with the same abuse they showed this dog. Yes they should face charges and the parents should be looked into carefully. I have to wonder if these kids learned how to abuse animals and possibly others from their home environment. Not all abusers do but most come from abusive homes. I’m glad this dog is safe and I hope these boys will pay in some way for their actions. I also hope that if there is a chance that they can be rehabilitated that they are.

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