Police have charged two teens in Lewiston after a viral video allegedly showed one of them repeatedly beating a dog.
The video was short, but revealing.
“It was a very concerning video to us, it had circulated through various social media platforms,” Lewiston police Lt. David St. Pierre said.
First posted Sunday on Instagram, police say it soon spread all across social media.
“He put it out there for the world to see, he wanted people to see this,” said Tyler Bazinet, who reported the video.
It appeared to show a dog being repeatedly beaten after it had relieved itself inside.
“It’s a very concerning event, it was concerning to us, as it is the public,” St. Pierre said. “We were inundated with calls, which is great.”
Those tips lead to two teens being charged with cruelty to animals on Tuesday.
One is 15 years old, the other is 18-year-old Curtis Teague.
“They learn that you can’t just beat a dog, you need to train a dog, tell them to go outside, put them in a kennel, you don’t beat the dog, the dog doesn’t know better,” Bazinet said.
Police also confirmed the dog is OK.
“The dog appears to be in genuinely good health, doesn’t have any apparent injuries, and it’s since been reunited with the owner,” St. Pierre said. “The owner was not present at the time that this took place and was not a part of it in any way and was very cooperative.”
Animal advocates say the public did the right thing by reporting this.
“It’s important that they take a step back and say hey what’s going on here, try and get some info if they can and then let law enforcement know,” Katie Lisnik of the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society said.
Both Teague and the juvenile received summonses for their charges. Teague is expected to make his first court appearance in Lewiston in April.