LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - A 12-second video obtained by the Lexington Police Department shows a horrific case of animal cruelty and officials are seeking further information in this case.
"I was horrified," Pawmetto Lifeline CEO Denise Wilkinson said after she saw the video from LPD posted on our website late Tuesday.
According to LPD, police were notified of the video spreading on social media by a Snapchat user from El Paso, Texas, on Oct. 16. The video, according to investigators, was recorded at the Cedarcrest Village Apartments in Lexington.
The video shows a small white dog being kicked against a stairwell and thrown off the stairwell.
"You hear the dog yelping," said Cpl. Cameron Mortenson of the Lexington Police Department. "It sounds like the dog may be in pain. It's a heartbreaking video to watch, for sure."
LPD officers were able to locate the dog and its owner and take the animal into custody after executing a search warrant.
"That's one of the things that's interesting about this case is that, in this situation, there was enough background in the video that it allowed our officers to narrow down the exact apartment complex," Cpl. Mortenson said.
Lexington County Animal Control has cited Timothy Mister, the owner of the dog, for misdemeanor maltreatment of an animal because investigators say he did not seek treatment for the dog.
Police are still looking for the person responsible for the acts seen in the video.
"We're two weeks into this," Mortenson said. "We're still trying to figure out who's in that video and tie this case together."
Wilkinson is hoping people with information will come forward to help.
"We all holler and scream when we hear about animal abuse, and we encourage the community to get involved, and now's their chance to get involved," Wilkinson said.
Mister, meanwhile, reached out to us and said he's just as upset as everyone else. He said he's an animal lover and had no idea that the abuse had even happened until police showed up. He also said he doesn't know who's in the video. He did not wish to do an interview on-camera or even give us his phone number.
An incident report says the owner of the dog told officers "he didn't want to get anyone in trouble."
If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.