Update: Fourth teen arrested after dog abused in video was found dead

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated, August 6, 9:30 p.m.
A fourth teen was arrested by the Laurel County Sheriff's office Tuesday in an animal cruelty 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 detective charged Noah A. Blevins, 18, with torture of cat/dog with serious physical injury or death, second-degree cruelty to animals, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and obstructing government operations.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Updated, August 6
A third teenager surrendered to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office in connection to a dog abuse case.

A detective charged David O. Griffith, 18, of London with two counts of unlawful transaction with minors, second-degree cruelty to animals and obstructing government operations regarding the investigation.

The sheriff's office began looking into the case after a video of a dog being punched by a teenage boy was posted to social media. Griffith allegedly was the one recording the event. The dog was later found dead with stab wounds.

Griffith turned himself in Tuesday morning around 10:15 a.m. The sheriff's office said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

Updated, August 1
The Laurel County Sheriff's Office arrested a second teenager in a dog abuse case.

A dog was found dead Wednesday after a video of a teenager beating it went viral on social media. A 17-year-old was arrested later that day.

On Thursday, deputies arrested Toby Glen Harrison, 18, of East Bernstadt. He was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals for torturing a dog and two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

Deputies said Harrison was at a home with two minors who were intoxicated. This was the same home where the dog was tortured and killed, and Harrison was heard saying he was going to kill the dog, deputies said.

Harrison is in the Laurel County Detention Center. The 17-year-old who was charged is in the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

Original Story, July 31
Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a teenager after an abused dog was found dead.

The 17-year-old boy faces one second-degree cruelty to animals charge for torturing a dog. He was taken to a juvenile detention facility in Breathitt County.

The sheriff's office began investigating after a video on social media showed a dog hit multiple times. The video was posted Wednesday afternoon.

Numerous calls and tips on Facebook led deputies to a possible suspect. Someone in the area later found the dog dead off a county road north of East Bernstadt.

The dog was taken to UK Medical Center for an examination. Investigators said the dog had multiple stab wounds.

The suspect is a juvenile so his name will not be released. Deputies said they have also identified a second person in the video and are questioning them.

"This is horrible. This is not something that we look at casually. We're going to do whatever we need to do to bring people to justice on this," Deputy Gilbert Acciardo told sister station WKYT.



 
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