So­cial me­dia video spurs an­i­mal cru­elty in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

NORTH EAST

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.

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