17-Year Old Arrested For Felony Animal Cruelty
By Brevard County Sheriff // June 24, 2013
Facebook and YouTube video depicts acts
WARNING: The above graphic video depicts the suspect killing a trapped raccoon and possum.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A video posted to Facebook and YouTube showed a 17-year-old Melbourne suspect who has been arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for Felony Animal Cruelty and Discharge of a Weapon in a residential area.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of BCSO’s South Precinct General Crimes unit arrested the suspect today after a video depicting the suspect killing the trapped animals surfaced on social media.
“Our agency received a number of telephone and social media tips from our citizens who were rightfully outraged over the actions posted on YouTube and Facebook,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“Our Agents immediately addressed the issue, working with the State Attorney’s Office to ensure that those responsible for the cruel activities were charged. These actions are thoroughly disturbing and the Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates all who called to report the incident.”
The suspect is currently being held at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.