Video shows dog being punched and kicked
A dog is rescued after a teen is caught on video abusing the animal as he walks it.
The video was posted to Facebook on Sunday. It's been shared several times including with Eyewitness News.
In the video, a woman follows the two teens who are walking the dog. First, the person with the animal yanks on its chain. Then, they stop and the dog is punched in the head. When the dog refuses to walk, it's kicked several times.
Later in the video, the woman, Randi Carter, approaches the two teens and says she will take the dog or call police.
Carter says she was out looking to help animals in need when she noticed the two teens walking with the dog.
"The kid kept pulling him back and he just kept getting more aggressive with his pulls," Carter said. "I just had this feeling that he was going to do something bad so I pulled out my phone and decided just to video him for a second and decide what he would do."
Monday afternoon, Sgt. Nikki Woodrow with the Wichita Police Department says police have identified and contacted two juveniles involved in the case. She says they have been released back to a parent during the investigation. Woodrow says the dog has been turned over to the WPD and the family is cooperating with investigators.
"This is an ongoing investigation still, but we would like to thank our wonderful community for all of the concern reference this case," Woodrow says.
Woodrow also emphasized on Monday that the department does take animal cases very seriously.
"It's hard to watch, it's hard to sit back and video it and have to wait," Carter said. "I knew the reality is that you have to have proof, one person is not going to be enough to make that guy get charged with animal abuse."