Two teenagers are facing charges in Allegany County after a Snapchat video captured them allegedly throwing bottles at a deer with broken legs, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.
Police were notified on May 23 about a Snapchat video allegedly showing a 19-year-old Allegany County woman and a 16-year-old girl hitting a deer with their car and then throwing bottles the deer, a news release said. The deer was unable to run away, as all of its legs were broken, which is “fairly common” after being hit by a car, police said.
Police told The Baltimore Sun they do not believe the teens hit the deer on purpose.
The 19-year-old was identified as Alexa Storm Crabtree of Oldtown. Police are withholding the name of the 16-year-old because she is juvenile, but did say she was referred to Allegany County Juvenile Services.
After police investigated the incident the teenagers now face three charges over the video: animal cruelty, littering and underage possession of an alcoholic beverage.
The animal cruelty charge carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 and 90 days in jail.
If a driver strikes a deer, people are encouraged to call their local police agency for assistance.