BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Investigators have identified three teenagers who were involved in flinging a cat into Lake Belton after a short video of the incident went viral on social media.
A frame grab from the video.
The video, which first appeared on Snapchat, was posted on Twitter Monday night by a user who tagged both Belton police and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Belton police identified the three teens involved in the incident and then referred the case to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department for further investigation, sheriff’s Maj. T.J. Cruz said Wednesday.
“The case has been assigned to an investigator with the sheriff’s department, who will review the case starting today and will be interviewing parties involved in this incident,” Cruz said.
“When the investigation is completed the appropriate referrals to juvenile authorities will be made,” he said.
No names were released.
Authorities said later Wednesday that investigators have interviewed all three of the teens, one of whom flung the cat, one of whom shot the video and one of whom was a bystander.
The video doesn’t show what happened after the cat landed in the water, but authorities said one of the teens told him the animal was OK.
"We live in a different age," Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said Wednesday.
"Anything you do today just take for granted that someone out there is shooting video of everything you do. If we do it, we carry cameras," he said.
"Everything we do is recorded and the young men and ladies have to think about that because the whole world is watching," he said.