Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941

Animal Services Warns of Social Media Trend Involving Animals

For Immediate Release
Contact: Craig R. Goulet (989) 895-4133 or Bay County Animal Services (989)894-0679

Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center has recently been made aware of a video trend taking place on at least one social media outlet. This trend involves pet owners, which appear to mostly be minors, posting videos of their pets being tossed into the air. The animals that are being tossed ranged from small dogs,cats, rabbits, and mice. The act of tossing an animal in the air is dangerous for both the animal as well as the person performing the action.

While we are aware that this statement may increase publicity of this trend, this unintended consequence is far outweighed by the need to educate our communities’ parents to prevent this type of conduct from occurring in the future.  It is imperative that parents and their families understand that tossing an animal into the air is considered serious and could potentially result in charges being filed.