A video of a man swinging dogs by a rope is now being investigated by officials in Louisiana.
The footage, taken in Baton Rouge, shows a man walking with two dogs tied with a rope. When he approaches a street, he pulls the rope and swings the two dogs in the air several times before throwing them onto the road.
The dogs can be heard yelping as they hit the ground before running off.
The person in the video is allegedly a student at Plaquemine High School. But officials said that isn’t who is in the video.
“The young man from Plaquemine High School shared the video, he was not involved in the incident itself,” the Plaquemine Police Department said Monday afternoon, reported WWL-TV.
Deputies searched the area and found the dogs safe on Monday. They didn’t suffer serious injuries, according to the report, adding that the animals were returned to their owner.
“They are with their owners and happy and healthy!” the sheriff’s office said in an update on the “horrible” video.
According to the Plaquemine Police Department on Monday, the owner of the dogs wasn’t aware that the dogs were thrown by a rope in a video.
“She was unaware of what had transpired on the video, only that when the dogs returned home there was a rope tied to them,” the department said.
Later, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said in that they identified the man who tossed the dogs on camera. His name was not released. They have not found him, WDSU reported.
The video was uploaded to an Instagram account before it was removed.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in bringing this incident to my attention. I assure you the Plaquemine Police Department took this matter seriously. As with all investigations, we have to make sure that our information is accurate and correct,” Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne said.
Those with information about this case are asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000.
The video can be viewed below: (WARNING: Contains distressing content. View with discretion)