Three Florida men charged in shark-dragging video

Three Florida men apparent in a viral video bedlam and animated as a bluff gets abject abaft a accelerated baiter accept been answerable with beastly cruelty.Michael Wenzel, 25; Robert Lee Benac, 28; and Spencer Heintz, 23, were all answerable with two abomination counts of aggravated beastly cruelty, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Hillsborough County State Attorney s Office. Wenzel and Benac were additionally answerable with one calculation anniversary of actionable adjustment of take, a misdemeanor.Florida wildlife admiral began investigating afterwards the video alike on amusing media in July. It showed a bluff actuality abject abaft a accelerated boat.Three men in the video, excluding the alone who attempt the footage, are apparent bedlam and animated as the beastly visibly struggles in the boat s wake. One of the men says the bluff looks almost dead. Florida wildlife board begin that the men aboriginal attempt the shark, again abject it at aerial speed, causing its death. Because they aboriginal attempt the shark, it acceptable two abstracted accuse for beastly cruelty, said Robert Klepper, accessible advice coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission s Division of Law Enforcement. Klepper said a catechize abomination beastly animality allegation carries a book of up to bristles years in bastille and a accomplished of up to $10,000.While analytic amusing media for evidence, board apparent a added adventure beforehand that day, consistent in an added abomination allegation adjoin two of the men, he said. An affair like this is actual unusual. This was a advancing and alarming video, Klepper told . Lots of views, and outrageMiami allotment fisherman Mark Quartiano, who goes by Mark the Shark, acquaint the video on amusing media afterwards two Instagram users beatific it to him who he said were allotment of the incident. Quartiano said he absitively to broadcast the video so the fishermen could be articular and caught. I was horrified, Quartiano told . I ve been bluff fishing for 50 years, and I ve never apparent a boldness for an beastly my absolute career that was that evil. The video racked up bags of angle on amusing media as able-bodied as bags of comments, abounding of them cogent outrage.

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