Social media video spurs animal cruelty investigation
— Cecil County Animal Services and the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office are working together on an animal cruelty case spotted on social media in recent days.
“We’re aware there was a Facebook video,” said Lt. Michael
Holmes, CCSO spokesman, noting Animal Services asked for assistance from the sheriff’s office.
This is the second animal cruelty case in recent weeks. On Sept. 7, Elkton Police was called to a scene at Mallard Court and Pheasant Lane for a report of an animal on fire. There, investigators found the remains of a cat. The Maryland division of the Hu- mane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in that case.
In this new case, Holmes said investigators have not determined when and where the alleged abuse occurred. A video shows two different teenaged girls throwing cats into a backyard pool. The above-ground pool is full of green water. In one scene, the girl runs to the side of the pool and beats on the side where the cat is trying to escape.
“We can’t comment on an active investigation,” Holmes said. “No charges have been filed.”
Abigail Bingham-Lightning, director of Cecil County Animal Services, called the investigation sensitive in nature.
“We appreciate the outpouring of information received by the community regarding this incident,” she said in a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon.
Holmes said the two suspects are juveniles. He added that the case’s findings would be brought to the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office for any prosecution.