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Teens Arrested After Viciously Beating Dog

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Two teens are arrested in Missouri after a video surfaced of them viciously abusing a dog.

The video appeared on Facebook. It showed one of the teens body-slamming the animal and then repeatedly punching it.

"... It kind of transitions to where he starts punching the dog and that's disgusting," said social media expert Mark Poepsel.

The dog was fighting and yelping throughout the clip while a second suspect is heard laughing.

Both teens were arrested and charged with animal abuse after the video was seen on the social media site.

"...things will go viral if they are interesting enough and if they hit us in enough areas that concern us and I think that's what's happening. You're seeing something that's just, immediately, emotionally disturbing, people are going to have a visceral reaction to seeing this animal get body slammed and hearing it yelp. So, there are just a lot of emotional … things that happen to somebody who views [this] where they feel like I need to let other people know about this because this is a real concern," reflected Poepsel.

"I'm shocked about what happened because … I don't, didn't think my son would do some things like that. No way," said one parent.

But why would the teen post it?

"...there's something about himself that he wants people to understand by posting this. He wants people to think he's tough or funny or both," Poepsel analyzed.

The dog, about six or seven months old, has been taken in by animal control and is being treated for any injuries.

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