TAMPA, Florida. – Authorities say social media posts, strengthened their research to a video of a shark being towed behind a fast boat in Florida.
Three men were charged Tuesday with third degree felony animal cruelty charges in connection with the video. They face up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.
A Herald-Tribune report quoted the research reports that said that many of the events surrounding the shark to drag seen in the video were recorded on the social media Snapchat app.
The researchers said they obtained videos, photos, and text messages by a search warrant for the men of the social media accounts.
Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Rena Frazier said, were “not typical costs, as we usually don’t see, is this form of animal cruelty with the marine life in our office.”
Information: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com