Animal rights groups are up in arms over a series of Snapchat images gone viral.
According to Metro, a pair of Scottish teenagers allegedly posted images of themselves tying a cat by the neck and hanging the animal in the air. One of the images even taunts viewers with the tag line "Come get us."
The images were reportedly taken in Dundee, Scotland. Local animal rights groups are urging anyone with any information on the pair to get in touch with authorities.
Ryan Morrison, 18, discovered the gruesome photos on Snapchat, and quickly protested online. He wrote, "I've just seen a boy swinging about a tiny kitten on a lead on someone's story. It's proper horrible stuff and it's in Dundee as well."
Morrison was so unnerved by the photographs that he went on to write, "It's unreal how annoyed I am. It's actually vile."
According to the United Kingdom's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Animal Welfare Act was introduced in 2006 to help protect pets and other animals from instances of cruelty such as the one allegedly conducted by the two teenagers in the Snapchat photos.
The RSPCA website reads, in part: "Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps in all the circumstances to meet the welfare needs of their animals to the extent required by good practice."
According to the website, that means that people must take "positive steps to ensure they care for their animals properly and in particular must provide for the five welfare needs, which are: Need for a suitable environment, need for a suitable diet, need to be able to exhibit normal behavior patterns, need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, and need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury, and disease."