A video that is being heavily circulated on social media depicting animal cruelty at the hands of a possible juvenile has gotten the attention of authorities who announced Monday they're trying identify the people involved.
Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, confirmed they were contacted about the video Monday morning and believe the incident may have happened in the parish.
The video, which appears to have been recorded on a cellphone, shows a young man or teenager swinging two small dogs on a leash on a residential street. After swinging the dogs around in a circle for several seconds, he launches them into the air causing them to cry out before they land in the middle of the street.
The dogs are seen running down the street before the video cuts off. Hicks confirmed later Monday that the two dogs were back in the safety of their owners and in good health.
"Deputies canvassed the area where we think the video was taken and were able to find the dogs," Hicks said.
The video was heavily circulated Sunday night and Monday morning with many animal advocacy groups calling for swift action from law enforcement.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said his agency was first contacted about the video because many people who saw the video online thought the person it depicted might have been from Iberville. Stassi confirmed Monday he isn't.
"The kid who did it is not from Iberville Parish and we don't think it was filmed over here," Stassi said. "We've contacted the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office on this because we think it might have happened in the Gardere Lane area."
Hicks confirmed they were called in to investigate the incident by the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office but she didn't have any more details about the matter.
"EBRSO detectives are currently working with Iberville Parish deputies to investigate this incident and attempt to identify and locate those in the video. Investigation is ongoing at this time," Hicks wrote in an email.