WARNING GRAPHIC: Sheriff's office questions two suspects in viral animal abuse case

Posted: 10:41 PM, Oct 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-03 18:54:10-04


McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the dog in the viral animal cruelty video actually belongs to a woman in China Spring.

Originally, a local man believed the dog in the video was his dog, Ellie. James Plant said Ellie went missing at Cameron Park on Saturday. 

However, after further investigation, McNamara said they found the actual owner. 

Two teenage boys were interviewed in the investigation.

The sheriff's office said the dog was hit by a car in the China Spring area around the 800 block of Rock Creek Rd. Two teenage boys said they hit the dog and left the scene. 

They later returned, loading the dog into the back of the truck. The boys went to a party with the dog still in the back of the truck.

The boys later returned to the area with the dog. McNamara said that's when they began to mutilate the dog, as shown in the video. 

The sheriff's office recovered shell casings from the scene. The investigation is ongoing. 

Since the video original posted on Friday night, it has been shared over 30,000 times.

In the video, the dog appeared to be deceased as firecrackers were put into the dog's anus and mouth. The dog then was shown to be engulfed in flames. 

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