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Authorities talk about what's next for dog beaten in viral video

Authorities with the Rankin County Sheriff's Department are now taking care of Rocko Authorities with the Rankin County Sheriff's Department are now taking care of Rocko

A man shown beating a dog in a video that's now gone viral has turned over the animal to the Rankin County Sheriff's Department.

On his official Facebook page, the Sheriff says that Rocko was examined by a veterinarian and updated on vaccinations. The vet reported finding no physical injuries.

The Sheriff's office also asked for, and received a civil seizure order from the Justice Court to keep the animal for now.

The owner now has five days to contest the ruling and fight to claim his pet.

Rocko's owner received quite a bit of negative online feedback after video of the incident was posted on Facebook, and was shared thousands of times.

The woman who capture the video sent it to 3 On Your Side and posted it on Facebook.

On Facebook she wrote: This is my neighbor, ____________________. After hearing a dog cry for at least 5 minutes, this morning, I go looking for what was happening. This is what I witnessed..

Needless to say I went outside and made him stop and then called the police. The police came, but in the long run there is nothing that they can do. PLEASE SHARE this so maybe we can get this puppy the home he deserves.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey confirmed, late Monday night, the sheriff's department was given the dog.

Sheriff Bailey has released several statements explaining what could happen now, and under what circumstances the man could face charges.

"For those of you unfamiliar with our legal system, an officer cannot file charges against a person for a misdemeanor crime if it did not happen in the officer's presence...  

As of 3:00 pm today no eyewitness to the incident has come forward to file charges against the pet owner."

What's going to happen to Rocko next?

If the court grants custody of Rock to the Sheriffs Office, they will follow current animal adoption policies and procedures.

The last word belongs to the Sheriff Bailey: "The citizens of Rankin County, along with many people outside of Rankin County who are concerned, can be assured Rocko has, and will, continue to be well cared for by the sheriffs department."

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