Tuscaloosa PD wants to speak with person who created animal cruelty video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa police want to speak with the person who created a video posted to Twitter that shows a cat being beaten with a belt on a bed.
Police have not yet arrested or released the name of the University of Alabama student shown in the video striking the kitten with a belt.
On Friday, Tuscaloosa law enforcement sources confirmed that the cat is doing OK.
The video goes on for about 10 seconds. Investigators also say the student also posted pictures of him appearing to choke the cat on the social media site Snap Chat. The video has since gone viral.
TPD Captain Brad Mason said on Thursday police are missing an important piece of information in the case.
"We would like to talk to the person who created the video. If you are that person, or know that person, please call the Tuscaloosa Police Dept at 205-349-2121," Mason said.
He said Tuscaloosa police officers are taking this animal cruelty case seriously and they are investigating facts and evidence beyond what is shown in the video.
"For us this case is not a rush to judgment. It is a case which will be investigated with diligence, accuracy and fairness to all parties involved," Mason said.
He said once the investigator has gathered all of the evidence and facts, the case will be presented to a magistrate or warrant clerk who will then decide if a warrant will be issued.
University of Alabama Police said they started receiving calls about the video on Monday night. The University of Alabama also tweeted they are aware of the investigation and the UA Office of Student Conduct is also following the situation.
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