JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A controversial social media post is getting a lot of online attention.
The initial post on Facebook shows a dog bleeding near its ears.
Those outraged by it decided to take screenshots and share them with others, claiming that the dog was up for sale after it had been cut. Many on social media are linking the initial post to a JPD officer and his wife.
WJTV reached out to Jackson Police about the post. Commander Tyree Jones said the department is aware of the post. He did confirm that the man in one of the screenshots is a JPD officer.
Police confirmed that the original post was created by the officer’s wife. The officer told the department that he had no knowledge of the post until it started getting traction online.
Once the post went viral, it started the conversation about animal abuse online.
Right now it’s still unclear whether or not the officer is at any kind of fault, however, Chief Lee Vance did speak to WJTV about the department’s social media policy. Chief Vance said all law enforcement officers need to be especially careful about what they choose to post online.
“When it was brought to my attention we started an investigation on the matter,” Vance said. “We certainly take animal cruelty very seriously here in this police department and we are treating it like we do any other criminal investigation.”
Recently Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason posted about law enforcers being mindful of their social media accounts.
Chief Vance said he agreed with the Sheriff.