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Facebook users may find pictures of animal abuse funny, but the authorities sure don’t

August 27, 2013
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Facebook, Twitter and Vine users are apparently amused by their intimations of animal cruelty, but their posts have gotten them in trouble with the law.

at footballs and puppy piñatas — something is rotten with the state of social media.

More and more people are providing evidence of their own animal abuse on Facebook and Twitter, not stopping to consider whether other Web browsers — or police for that matter — share their dark humor.

An Indiana teen got busted earlier this month for allegedly slaying three kittens in his neighborhood with a bow and arrow and posting photos to Facebook — but that’s just the tip of the sick iceberg.

Another boy, 17-year-old Walter Easley from South Carolina, was arrested Monday for ill-treatment of animals because he posted a Vine of himself kicking a tiny orange-and-white cat off his porch.

“Look at this goddamn cat on my porch… Get the f–k off my porch!” Easley said in the video titled “F–k wrong with that cat!”Critics condemned the video shortly after Easley posted it Aug. 7. Animal rights group PETA emailed the Vine to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s very disheartening to see stuff like this and to know that the world is full of people who would do stuff like this,” Les Porter, director of animal control for the Sheriff’s Office, told the Daily News.

In Sandy, Utah, a man called attention to himself with a provocative Facebook photo of his dog hanging from a ceiling as he holds up a stick as if he is about to beat the helpless canine.

“It was a very poor attempt at humor. It was done as a prank. The dog was not injured. It was just very poor taste,” Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold told The News.

An anonymous Facebook user saw the picture and forwarded it, along with the pet owner’s name and address to the Humane Society of Utah, which contacted the Sandy Police Department’s animal control division.

Officers went to the man’s house to examine the dog and concluded the dog was uninjured.

“In the picture, he is wearing a harness,” Arnold said. “He wasn’t being choked.”

Although no charges were filed, outsiders still wonder why anyone would share such potentially incriminating material voluntarily with their online networks.

“I think people are just looking for their 15 minutes of fame really, no matter what the cost,” Porter said. “They don’t think about the repercussions later on. He was trying to impress the people — kind of show off.”

Porter added that animal abuse cases like these have become more common. Just Wednesday an Orangeburg County resident reported a similar instance of suspected abuse but there was no video to corroborate the claims. That incident is still under investigation.

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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2013 1:52 pm

    I am done with fb!


  2. August 27, 2013 2:04 pm

    twerks and cruel jerks,
    our planet is sick
    beam me up scotty
    and make it

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 27, 2013 2:09 pm

    was the orange kitten injured??


    • August 27, 2013 2:09 pm

      It never said, but I would assume she was hurt somewhat, poor baby. 😦


  4. August 27, 2013 3:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul and commented:
    In cases like these it’s better to be safe than sorry!! I’d rather make ONE unnecessary call than put an animal’s life in jeopardy by being wrong,,,,

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 28, 2013 2:29 am

    Facebook are a bunch of shallow jerks, one of the many reasons I quit using it !


  6. September 19, 2014 7:29 pm

    I just saw a video (not a photo) of two boys hitting a dog (looked like an adult pit bull) swinging on a rope from ceiling – in kitchen? The point of it was supposedly “Do you know who took this video and where it came from?”. I was so upset by it, I immediately reported it to FB as “depicting violence”. But later thought, if the dog could be rescued from this terrible environment, then maybe it’s worth leaving up. But there’s no way of identifying the video maker or the kids – I think. I don’t know. I am so revolted and sickened and sad (crying) that what would make people do this – or teach their kids to do this. Violence and mayhem toward others – especially those who can’t defend themselves – has to stop. Does anyone know anything about it? Or where it came from. I don’t want to subject anyone else to watching this – and if there are some that would WANT to see it – for their own “enjoyment” – then you’re my enemy – and you have to go!! Where? I don’t know – but I don’t want to believe people can act this way – even though I’m afraid it is true in some cases.


    • September 21, 2014 9:50 pm

      That sounds positively disgusting, cruel, and barbaric. I am aware of many Facebook videos making the Facebook circuit. Many try to share them to ensure they are recognized and then reported to the appropriate authorities. It’s hard in cases of countries where there are no laws protecting animals, but if it is a US case, there would be penalties, however lightly some may be. These sicksicksick people deserve life in jail because they WILL continue this type of behaviour. If you have a link, I’ll look to see if it is one of the cases I am familiar with – you don’t have to share the link here, in public, you can send it to me in private to

      Thank you for your attention to cruelty.


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