In Little Rock, Arkansas, a Georgia man faces animal cruelty charges after a disturbing video appeared online Thursday showing a man, in explicit detail, beating a wounded deer in the face with a large book, reports KslaNews.
The man had been on a hunting trip with his friends when their SUV struck the deer. Thinking the animal was dead, the men loaded the deer into their vehicle’s back seat, but within minutes, the deer regained consciousness. The attacker then holds up a heavy textbook and strikes the animal in the face. The stunned animal wailed in pain, but that didn’t stop the young man from being cruel. Three more times he struck the animal full force while the ten second video recorded, the other men laughed.
When the man was named, authorities from the Villa Rica Police Department in Georgia received hundreds of calls as the video went viral and more viewers became outraged. When one of the young man’s friends was interviewed over the phone about the incident by KatvNews, the man questioned why would they have put the deer on the back seat or not even call someone? Keith Stephens, with the Arkansas Game and Fish called the act “disgusting. That’s not reflective of Arkansas values, especially outdoorsmen and hunters. It was hard to watch.” In a situation like that, Stephens stated one should call the Game and Fish if you don’t feel comfortable putting the animal down yourself.
According to the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission, “the individual seen beating the deer could be charged with a misdemeanor, fined up to $1,000 and receive up to a year in jail under Arkansas’s criminal animal cruelty law. He also could be charged with an AGFC violation of wanton waste of the deer and fined up to $2,500.” The other men could be fined also.
The video was originally shared on Facebook when a Reddit user uploaded it to the video-sharing site Vid.me; from there it has since gone viral. Watch it here. Please be warned, the video is disturbing and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences.
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