Louisiana teen charged with animal cruelty in viral puppy slapping video

A Louisiana teen has been charged with animal cruelty after police say video of him slapping a puppy was posted to Facebook.

The graphic video was posted to the social media site Sunday and quickly went viral.

Before slapping the dog, the boy can be heard saying "smack cam", a 'game' where people video themselves smacking others on Vine. The dog lets out a huge shriek after the slap and then runs away from the teen before more abuse can be inflicted.

The teen deleted the video, but it had already been shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook. Alexandria, Louisiana police received calls from around the world and located the teen and removed the puppy to a shelter.

A Louisiana vet checked out the puppy and says he appears to be fine.

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