GEORGIA -- A video clip circulating online shows Cheer Savannah owner Stephanie Britt kick her dachshund out of the way during a practice event in August.
What spawned from possible resentment over youth sports snowballed into allegations of animal cruelty and fueled an international cyber shaming campaign.
The Chatham County District Attorney’s office has responded to a barrage of calls from outraged animal activists by launching an investigation into what happened to Britt’s dog, Charlie.
“We’re not just reviewing the video, we’re interviewing witnesses as well,” said DA’s office spokeswoman Kristin Fulford. “But the district attorney won’t make a decision on how she will proceed based on social media pressure. She makes her decisions based on evidence.”
Misdemeanor animal cruelty under Georgia law involves the death or unjustifiable physical pain and suffering of an animal.
Felony aggravated cruelty is considered a malicious act that causes an animal’s death or disfigurement.
Charlie, who [reportedly had] a complete veterinary examination, appears to be [OK].
Video from Liveleak:
"Here is Stephanie Britt, owner of "Cheer Savannah" in Savannah, GA, kicking her Dachshund in front of her cheer-leading students In the gym of a private school in Savannah, GA. Stephanie made a bizarre apology, where she said that it's not a big deal, because they regularly "punt" the dog while at home. She and her sympathizers reported every video on Facebook and YouTube to get them removed."
Note: If you can't see the video, here is the direct link.
(Savannah Now - Dec 10, 2016)