New details in Laurel County dog abuse case, community members demand justice

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - New details came out Wednesday on a Laurel County dog abuse case.

David O. Griffith, Toby Glen Harrison and Noah A. Blevins were charged, along with a 17-year-old, after video of a dog being abused went viral. // Laurel County Detention Center

A social media video last week showed a 17-year-old punching a dog. Later the dog was found dead, and police now believe some of the people involved tried to cover up what happened.

"In addition to this the dog had been stabbed repeatedly and killed, left on the roadside," said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. "We are assuming that it was from the knife injuries. Because it had one across its throat, one in the top of its head and one in its back."

The stray dog was named "Angel" by some who cared for it.

"When I realized young boys did it, I was thinking they need help," said Syreeta Garrison with Friends of Laurel County Animals. "We want justice for Angel. We want justice for all these animals we lose. This isn't the first time it has happened. It won't be the last."

The 17-year-old was charged. Soon after, three 18-year-olds were arrested: Toby Harrison, Noah A. Blevins and David O. Griffith.

Police said Griffith was the one videotaping the incident, but he and Blevins are also accused of several other offenses.

"We have charged them with unlawful transaction with a minor because there were some minors present that were under the influence," said Acciardo.

Griffith and Blevins were then charged with obstruction of governmental operation because they allegedly told their friends, "if law enforcement come knocking on your door, asking if we were there, we were not there."

"Everyone gathers around, one person is filming with a cell phone, we don't understand that mentality at all. That is why we want to send the message, we won't tolerate this in our community," said Acciardo.

Griffith will be arraigned on August 19. Blevins was scheduled to be arraigned August 7. The 17-year-old is in a juvenile holding facility in Breathitt County. Blevins is in the Laurel County Jail. The other two were released.

Police said they do not expect to make any more arrests in the case at this time.



 
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