Arkansas Wildlife Officers Investigate Deer Beating

Jan 29, 2016

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officers say they're investigating a video being circulated on Facebook that purportedly shows a deer being beaten with a textbook.

Officers said Friday they believe the video was made in Arkansas by three Georgia residents and one Arkansas resident. Agents say they've questioned one of the individuals and plan to get statements from the other three within the next two days.

The investigation began after agents were contacted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The agency says the person seen beating the deer could be charged with a misdemeanor, fined up to $1,000 and get up to a year in jail under the state's criminal animal cruelty law.

The other three could face aiding and abetting criminal violations, which carry fines $250.