Police are chasing a kid who tossed a panicked dog over a cliff into the ocean after a video of the occurrence circulated on the web.
The shocking video demonstrates a kid holding the pooch, believed to be a spaniel, on the cliff edge as the dog squirms and clearly tries to escape his grip.
After throwing the pooch over the edge, someone else can be heard laughing as the canine flails helplessly in the air before hitting the water.
Police in Falmouth, Cornwall, said they were investigating the case after film of the occurrence got shared on the web.
A police spokesperson said, as per Cornwall Live:
Police are investigating a report of concern for the welfare of an animal in Falmouth on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 1.
This relates to a dog being thrown into the sea. The dog has been checked over and is uninjured. The investigation is ongoing and enquiries are continuing.
Falmouth Police also took to social media to ask people to let them carry out their investigation ‘without intrusion or inappropriate comments’ – after people took to social media to slam the suspect.
We are aware of an #incident of #animalcruelty which has been reported in #Falmouth This matter is being #investigated but please appreciate that we need to do this effectively without intrusion or inappropriate comments @piratefm @HeartCornNews @ThePacket @CornwallLive 603
— Falmouth Police (@FalmouthPolice) May 1, 2019
The spoke person further added:
We ask that people, including users of social media, do not speculate around the circumstances of this incident, or the individual involved.
We are aware of threats that have been made online would urge members of the public to leave this investigation with the police, and not to take the law into their own hands.
The canine can be seen desperately swimming to the shore in the video, which turned into a web sensation on social media platform after it was filmed but has since been deleted.
We have been made aware of some upsetting footage showing a dog being thrown off a cliff in Falmouth on May 1.
We are very concerned about this incident and would like to reassure people we are looking into it.
Police are doing everything they can to investigate this distressing incident.