Two teens in North Carolina could face criminal charges after a video on social media appeared to show one of them lighting a flame toward a dog with an aerosol can and a lighter.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation when the video went viral on social media over the weekend, WGHP reports.
Animal cruelty charges have been filed in the case for the two teens, who are 13 and 14 years old. Their names have withheld because they are juveniles.
Animal services were notified of the incident and treated the dog for minimal injuries, the sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page. The dog's fur was singed, but its skin was not burned, officials said, according to WGHP.
The dog has been placed with a rescue organization but is not available for adoption at this time.
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