Teen found guilty of animal cruelty for swinging two small dogs by leashes

Screen shot of alleged animal cruelty video (Source: Twitter)
Screen shot of alleged animal cruelty video (Source: Twitter)
Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
EBRSO deputies located the dogs in the video of the alleged abuse (Source: EBRSO)
EBRSO deputies located the dogs in the video of the alleged abuse (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A teen was found guilty of animal cruelty for swinging two small dogs by their leashes, then tossing them in the air.

Sources tell 9News Chief Investigator Kiran Chawla that the teen was found guilty during a trial by judge. According to that same source, the teen refused a plea deal offered by the prosecution.

Now charged with two counts animal cruelty, the juvenile will face sentencing in 30 days.

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The incident was captured on video and was posted to social media. It quickly went viral and an investigation was launched.

The case became highly controversial after a Baton Rouge juvenile court judge refused to sign a warrant to arrest the 15-year-old once he was identified.

Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Johnson made the decision, but the case was later transferred to a different judge. That judge then signed the arrest warrant, which was served to the teen's mother.

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