A video that was posted on Snapchat has gained attention for showing people forcing alcohol down the throats of two small alligators, according to WTFX.
WTFX reported Monday that the footage also depicts one alligator being held in the air by its tail while a burning cigarette is stuffed in its mouth.
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is now conducting an animal abuse investigation after learning of the clip.
A source told WTFX that the video was recorded at a home in Bustleton, PA, where one of the individuals in it lives.
The man is reportedly the son of a Philadelphia police detective, according to WTFX, which declined to show the faces of those in the clip as they have not been charged with a crime.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday voiced alarm about the footage, which is the latest incident of potential animal cruelty circulating on social media.
Fucking hate the people in my area. Bunch of guys abused and forced alcohol down an alligators throat in their basement this is disgusting— BUDDHA FOR LAURA (@lovingleto_) August 1, 2017
Snapchat videos capture small alligators being force fed alcohol, tortured, if you know what i mean— know what i mean (@if_u_know_) August 1, 2017
Nicole Wilson, who is the Pennsylvania SPCA’s director of humane law enforcement, said that her organization is actively hunting for those who created the footage.
“We want to find out who these individuals are,” she said. “It happens too often. [It’s] just for show. There are too many times we see this kind of cruelty.”
The Pennsylvania SPCA reportedly notes it has seen a spike in animal cruelty cases due to instances where the acts were posted on social media.
WTFX reported that it had identified one of the men participating in the Snapchat video and found him seemingly boasting about the clip on Twitter.
“How are me and my friends not internet famous yet?” the man, who was not named by WTFX, asked.
The Pennsylvania SPCA told WTFX that the video’s participants could face misdemeanor charges.
Pennsylvania reportedly recently created a stiffer state law, however, that could result in felony charges for animal cruelty next month.