Final Up to date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, eight:fifty seven PM EST
Three people have been charged in connection to video the place a shark was dragged behind a ship at excessive velocity.
- three males charged in connection to shark dragging video
- Males charged with aggravated animal cruelty, unlawful technique of take
Michael Wenzel, 21; Robert Lee Benac, 28; and Spencer Heintz, 23, are being charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Wenzel and Benac are additionally being charged with unlawful technique of take.
The fees got here from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee and Hillsborough County State Lawyer’s Workplace, who carried out a 4-month lengthy investigation of the video and different social media posts to determine suspects.
“As we’ve stated since this video and different pictures got here to mild, these actions haven’t any place in Florida, the place we treasure and preserve our pure assets for everybody,” stated FWC Fee Chairman Bo Rivard in a information launch.
“It’s our hope these expenses will ship a transparent message to others that this type of conduct involving our fish and wildlife won’t be tolerated,” Rivard additionally added.