Two teens from Laurel County have been arrested, following an investigation into a social media video showing a dog being abused that was widely shared Wednesday. The dog was also found with multiple stab wounds later in the day by an East Bernstadt woman and the dog later died.

Toby Glen Harrison, 18, of East Bernstadt, has been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, torture of a dog or cat - first offense — class D felony, and two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

A 17-year-old male from Laurel County has also been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and a torture of a dog or cat offense. Law enforcement will not release the name because he is a juvenile.

The Snapchat video shows a male punching a dog in its face. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office detained two individuals after the social media video began circulating on Facebook Wednesday. 

Harrison was allegedly at a residence with two minors that were intoxicated. According to a Laurel County Sheriff's Office press release on Thursday afternoon, he had allegedly stated he was going to kill the dog.

The dog was a stray that Quinn Sizemore of East Bernstadt had been feeding over the previous three days. Sizemore is a dog lover, with three of her own.

“When he wandered into the yard, he was so skinny,” she said in an interview with The Sentinel-Echo Wednesday evening. The dog did not always stay on her 30-acre property, but he would come by for food, water and shelter which she provided in her out-building.

“He was friendly and he was not aggressive or anything like that, he was fine with my dogs and everything,” Sizemore said. She hoped to find his owners or keep caring for him if she could not locate his owners.

“This incident has taken me by such surprise,” she said of the abuse and death of the dog.

Sizemore said she saw the video circulating on Facebook Wednesday morning.

Sizemore said she did not know the young men responsible for the video when she saw it or how they happened to cross paths with the dog, but she recognized the dog.

Sizemore went out immediately to start looking for the dog and found him located a little away from her house, but still on her 30-acre property.

“He was in the weeds and I noticed he had been badly, badly stabbed and beaten,” she said. Sizemore put him in her car and was on her way to take him to a veterinarian when the dog passed away.

“I’m glad I at least tried to save him,” she said. “I’m glad he wasn’t alone and that I was there to at least try to save him.”

Sizemore made a Facebook post about the incident and the passing of the dog. Shortly after, law enforcement contacted her letting her know they knew who posted the video and they had been detained.

Sizemore was able to meet with the young men.

“I hurt for them and their families as well because I think they’re young boys,” she said.

Following the posting of the video, numerous individuals called the Laurel County Sheriff's Office reporting the abuse. Detectives with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office immediately began an investigation locating individuals who may have been involved in the abuse and death, a press release for the Sheriff’s Office said. Social media posts and individuals who called named a possible suspect.

Laurel County Sheriff's Office Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said on Wednesday afternoon at about 3 p.m., one individual was being questioned at that time to determine how many were involved.

The dog was transported to UK Medical Center for an examination into the cause of death. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office investigators noted the dog had numerous stab wounds.

"We are continuing the investigation at this time and more information will be released when it comes available," the release said.

Sheriff John Root stated that he greatly appreciates the public's assistance on this investigation.

“Thank you for everyone who brought awareness to the situation, Sizemore said. “For the families and the boys, I am praying for them because I know it’s hard on the families too. I hope they get the treatment that they need so that nothing like this happens again.”

According to Kentucky Revised Statutes 525.130, "a person is guilty of cruelty to animals in the second degree when except as authorized by law he intentionally or wantonly: subjects any animal to or causes cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment, participates other than as provided in KRS 525.125 in causing it to fight for pleasure of profit (...) mutilation, beating, torturing any animal other than a dog or cat, tormenting, failing to provide adequate food, drink, space, or health care, or by any other means; subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or kills any animal other than a domestic animal killed by poisoning."

Cruelty to animals in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

According to Kentucky Revised Statutes 525.135, the torture — intentional infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain or injury, motivated by an intent to increase or prolong the pain of the animal — of a dog or cat is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each subsequent offense if the dog or cat suffers physical injury as a result of the torture.

It would be considered a Class D felony if the dog or cat suffers serious physical injury or death as a result of the torture.

The 17-year-old male is being transported to the juvenile detention facility at Breathitt County.

Harrison was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. He is due in court at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

12:32 PM Thursday UPDATE:

Following a continuing investigation, Laurel Sheriff's detectives have arrested Toby Glen Harrison, age 18, of Chapel Road, East Bernstadt charging him with second-degree cruelty to animals, torture of a dog or cat – first offense and two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

Allegedly this individual was at a residence with two minors that were intoxicated.

A dog at the residence was tortured and killed. This individual allegedly stated that he was going to kill the dog.

Harrison has been lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. 

Investigators conducting the continuing investigation included Detective James Sizemore, Detective Bryon Lawson, Detective Sgt. Chris Edwards, Maj. Chuck Johnson, and Capt. Kevin Berry.

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A 17-year-old male from Laurel County has been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and a torture of a dog or cat offense, following an investigation into a social media video that was widely shared Wednesday.

The investigation is continuing.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office detained two individuals after the social media video began circulating on Facebook Wednesday. The dog was also found dead later in the day by an East Bernstadt woman.

The Snapchat video shows an individual punching a dog in its face.

The dog was a stray that Quinn Sizemore of East Bernstadt had been feeding over the last three days. Sizemore is a dog lover, with three of her own.

“When he wandered into the yard, he was so skinny,” she said in an interview with The Sentinel-Echo Wednesday evening. The dog did not always stay on her 30-acre property, but he would come by for food, water and shelter which she provided in her out-building.

“He was friendly and he was not aggressive or anything like that, he was fine with my dogs and everything,” Sizemore said. She hoped to find his owners or keep caring for him if she could not locate his owners.

“This incident has taken me by such surprise,” she said of the abuse and death of the dog. 

Sizemore said she saw the video circulating on Facebook Wednesday morning.

Sizemore said she did not know the young men responsible for the video when she saw it or how they happened to cross paths with the dog, but she recognized the dog.

Sizemore went out immediately to start looking for the dog and found him located a little away from her house, but still on her 30-acre property.

“He was in the weeds and I noticed he had been badly, badly stabbed and beaten,” she said. Sizemore put him in her car and was on her way to take him to a veterinarian when the dog passed away.

“I’m glad I at least tried to save him,” she said. “I’m glad he wasn’t alone and that I was there to at least try to save him.”

Sizemore made a Facebook post about the incident and the passing of the dog. Shortly after, law enforcement contacted her letting her know they knew who posted the video and they had been detained.

Sizemore was able to meet with the young men.

“I hurt for them and their families as well because I think they’re young boys,” she said.

An adult and a juvenile had been detained Wednesday afternoon, according to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

The video showing the abuse of the dog by a male was posted on social media Wednesday morning. Following the posting, numerous individuals called the Laurel County Sheriff's Office reporting the abuse.

Detectives with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office immediately began an investigation locating individuals who may have been involved in the abuse and death, a press release for the Sheriff’s Office said. Social media posts and individuals who called named a possible suspect.

Laurel County Sheriff's Office Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said on Wednesday afternoon at about 3 p.m., one individual was being questioned at that time to determine how many were involved.

A press release at 4:10 p.m Wednesday said the investigation is ongoing with possible suspects being interviewed.

The dog was transported to UK Medical Center for an examination into the cause of death. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office investigators noted the dog had numerous stab wounds.

"We are continuing the investigation at this time and more information will be released when it comes available," the release said.

Sheriff John Root stated that he greatly appreciates the public's assistance on this investigation.

“Thank you for everyone who brought awareness to the situation, Sizemore said. “For the families and the boys, I am praying for them because I know it’s hard on the families too. I hope they get the treatment that they need so that nothing like this happens again,” she said.

According to Kentucky Revised Statutes 525.130, "a person is guilty of cruelty to animals in the second degree when except as authorized by law he intentionally or wantonly: subjects any animal to or causes cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment, participates other than as provided in KRS 525.125 in causing it to fight for pleasure of profit (...) mutilation, beating, torturing any animal other than a dog or cat, tormenting, failing to provide adequate food, drink, space, or health care, or by any other means; subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or kills any animal other than a domestic animal killed by poisoning."

Cruelty to animals in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

According to Kentucky Revised Statutes 525.135, the torture — intentional infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain or injury, motivated by an intent to increase or prolong the pain of the animal — of a dog or cat is a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each subsequent offense if the dog or cat suffers physical injury as a result of the torture.

It would be considered a Class D felony if the dog or cat suffers serious physical injury or death as a result of the torture.

The 17-year-old male is being transported to the juvenile detention facility at Breathitt County. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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