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Slate Belt teen charged with animal cruelty

BANGOR, Pa. - A Slate Belt teen has been charged with animal cruelty after a video of him allegedly abusing his dog went viral.

In the video that has been viewed over 130,000 times on Facebook, Kyler Fox of Washington Township appears to toss his dog, Buddy, an Australian Shepherd mix, down an embankment and into a creek.

The dog then climbs back up out of the water.

Humane Society police officer Barbara Morgan issued Fox, 18, a summary cruelty charge. Morgan said when she talked to Fox about the video he didn't seem concerned about potentially hurting Buddy.

"He said the dog likes it…I personally do not think the dog liked that,” Morgan said.

The video was originally shared by animal rights advocacy group, Reformers- Advocates for Animal Shelter Change in NJ on Facebook.

Organizer Colleen Wronko said the video was taken by Fox's ex-girlfriend and she shared it in hopes of getting justice for the dog. She said she didn't expect it to go viral and added it is the page's most watched video to date.

"It's a pretty stupid thing to do. It's one thing to throw your dog into a pond, swimming pool…but this had debris, it was down a hill, it wasn't a very bright thing to do,” Wronko told 69 News over the phone.

69 News reached out to Fox and his family, who said they have no comment.

Fox will be issued a court date later this month.

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