UPDATE: Second teen charged after dog shown being abused in social media video found dead
UPDATE (8/1/19): Laurel County deputies say that 18-year-old Toby Glen Harrison, of East Bernstadt, has been charged after a social media video showed a dog being punched in the face. The dog was later found dead.
Officials say there were allegedly two intoxicated minors in a home with him at the home where the dog was tortured and killed. Harrison allegedly stated that he was going to kill the dog, investigators said.
Harrison is charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and torture of a dog or cat, as well as two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.
ORIGINAL STORY (7/31/19): Authorities in Laurel County have announced a 17-year-old is facing charges after a widely-circulated social media video shows a dog being punched in the face.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says the dog in the video was later found dead. Deputies have recovered the dog's remains after someone found it dead on a county road near East Bernstadt.
The Snapchat video shows a person lining up the punch before moving his fist back and hitting the dog. The dog could be heard whimpering at the end of the video.
One adult and one juvenile were detained in connection to the case. The juvenile is charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and torture of a dog or cat. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo tells WKYT these are the most severe charges they can bring in this case at this time. There could be more arrests in the case.
The 17-year-old is being taken to a juvenile detention facility in Breathitt County.
Sheriff John Root told the public he appreciated the reports, as it helped with the investigation.
The dog's remains are being taken to Lexington where a necropsy will be performed.
WKYT's Garrett Wymer spoke with a woman who did not want to talk on camera because of how tough this has all been. She said that for the past few days she fed that dog, a hungry stray, and tried to show him love. When she saw the video on social media she said she recognized the dog, went out to look for him and found him in the weeds beaten and stabbed.
She said the dog was still alive at first, and she tried to get him to the vet, but it was too late. She told WKYT that she doesn't know the people involved in this, but she is praying for them.