As of Monday afternoon that video, posted Saturday, had gone viral in South Mississippi, garnering 44,000 views, along with 555 comments and 1,089 shares.
It also has led to an arrest warrant for the man accused of abusing Albert, a 1-year-old dog.
She said her 11-year-old son had asked him to move the dog from the back of the truck to the cab because of the cold weather.
Billy Swain was dropping off Reaghan Swain’s son Friday night after going hunting together.
Billy Swain then walks around to the other side of the truck, opens the driver-side door and appears to punch something repeatedly. He then gets in the truck and slams an object down — Swain said it was a flashlight her son had gotten his grandfather as a gift — several times.
When he ran inside, Reaghan Swain said her son said, “I think he just killed Albert. Albert’s not moving.”
“We didn’t know what to say . . . For him to do that in our driveway, in front of our 11-year-old son to that poor dog,” Reaghan Swain said.
Swain called the police and showed them the video.
Biloxi Police Capt. Harold Windham said Monday afternoon a warrant was signed for misdemeanor animal cruelty. The dog was examined by a veterinarian and found to not have permanent injuries.
The Biloxi Police Department later announced that, based upon an investigation into the animal cruelty, animal control officers signed an affidavit for animal cruelty and will be making an arrest.
Even if Swain is convicted, Albert would not automatically be taken away from him, unless a judge signs a seizure order.