DOTHAN, ALABAMA — A 19-year-old man from Alabama faces animal cruelty charges for setting a rare tortoise on fire and livestreaming the abuse on the internet.
The video was streamed on Facebook Live on August 31 by James Allen from Dothan, Alabama.
Allen was later arrested by the police and charged with animal cruelty, local newspaper the Dothan Eagle reported.
Allen said that he would set the tortoise on fire if he got 100 Facebook likes.
The video had over 160 likes on Facebook and was still viewable on Sunday night.
Allen poured rubbing alcohol on the tortoise before setting it on fire.
The poor creature was identified as a rare gopher tortoise, which is considered a “threatened” species and is protected in the state of Alabama.
Police named the tortoise “Leonardo.” The good news is that Leonardo is doing well and he’ll be sent to an animal sanctuary for rehabilitation before being released back into the wild.
Allen faces a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty.
We can only hope he goes to jail and someone will show him the consequences of being cruel to animals.