Detectives say they have identified the thugs who threw a dog off a cliff into the sea.
Police in Falmouth, Cornwall launched an investigation with the RSPCA after sickening footage of the incident was posted online on Thursday, and widely shared, before it was deleted.
The person shooting the video clip can be heard laughing above a beach, believed to be near Falmouth, Cornwall, where some cliffs tower more than 100ft high.
The grainy mobile phone footage shows the dog being thrown from a cliff into the ocean
Police are investigating the incident of animal cruelty after being alerted to the video
The footage ends as the dog struggles to find its way back to shore and safety
The video shows the black and white dog flailing in the air as it tossed from the clifftop into the sea by a young man.
Copies of the video have been removed from social media sites and Facebook users have slammed the suspect.
John Mullen said: ‘Just wicked, poor little thing.’
Catherine Lawry: ‘I hope the RSPCA have got involved. Absolutely disgusting,’
People took to social media to slam the suspect for throwing the dog into the water
The dog is seen swimming desperately to reach the shore.
Police in Falmouth, Cornwall said on Thursday that they were investigating an incident of animal cruelty.
On Friday afternoon they tweeted to say: ‘We are currently working with the local RSPCA in this case and have identified those involved.’
The penalty for animal cruelty and how to report it
Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps in all the circumstances to meet the welfare needs of their animals to the extent required by good practice.
It means they must take positive steps to ensure they care for their animals properly and in particular must provide for the five welfare needs.
In 2018 the RSPCA investigated more than 130,000 cases of alleged cruelty and secured 1,678 convictions for animal welfare offences
Everyone in England and Wales has the right to bring a private prosecution against someone who they believe has committed an offence
People who abuse animals can face up to five years in prison
To report animal cruelty call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999