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Crime Three Florida men charged after shark-dragging video goes viral

19:35  13 december  2017
19:35  13 december  2017 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Three Florida men have been charged in connection with a July video that shows a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speeds, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission announced on Tuesday. Michael Wenzel, 21, Robert Lee Benac, III, 28, and Spencer Heintz, 23

Three Florida men seen in a viral video laughing and smiling as a shark gets dragged behind a high-speed boat Michael Wenzel, 25; Robert Lee Benac, 28; and Spencer Heintz, 23, were all charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife

Three Florida men have been charged in connection with a July video that shows a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speeds, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission announced on Tuesday.

Michael Wenzel, 21, Robert Lee Benac, III, 28, and Spencer Heintz, 23, each face two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty — a third-degree felony.

Wenzel and Benac also face a misdemeanor count of illegal method of take for the shark.

Image: Shark-dragging videoThree men appear in a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Shark-dragging videoThree men appear in a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed. Image: shark-dragging videoA shark is dragged behind a boat at high speed in a video that surfaced on social media. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: shark-dragging videoA shark is dragged behind a boat at high speed in a video that surfaced on social media. Benac declined to comment when reached by phone. Wenzel did not immediately respond to voicemail messages requesting comment. NBC News was unable to reach Heintz.

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(CNN) Three Florida men seen in a viral video laughing and smiling as a shark gets dragged behind a high-speed boat have been charged with animal cruelty. Miami charter fisherman Mark Quartiano, who goes by "Mark the Shark ," posted the video on social media after two Instagram users sent it to

Three Florida men have been charged with felony accounts of aggravated animal cruelty after a video showing a shark being dragged behind a speeding boat went viral . The video went viral in July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media. (marktheshark/Instagram).

The video, which surfaced earlier this year, allegedly shows the three men watching as a sharkis battered by the speeding boat's wake as it is dragged behind it. It is unclear who filmed the video.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it examined the video and other "disturbing images on social media involving shocking disregard for Florida's natural resources" when investigating the case.

"As we've said since this video and other images came to light, these actions have no place in Florida, where we treasure and conserve our natural resources for everyone," said Commission Chairman Bo Rivard, adding that the Commission hopes the charges will send a clear message that mistreating wildlife "will not be tolerated."

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Three men have been charged in the connection to a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speed, PEOPLE can confirm. “As we’ve said since this video and other images came to light, these actions have no place in Florida , where we treasure and conserve our natural resources for

Three Florida men have been charged in connection with a July video that shows a shark being dragged behind a boat at high speeds, the The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it examined the video and other “disturbing images on social media involving shocking disregard

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted on Tuesday, saying he was "proud of the hard work" the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took to find those responsible for the video.

"I was outraged by the sickening video of a shark being horribly abused earlier this year, and I am proud of the hard work of @MyFWC law enforcement during this investigation," Scott tweeted.

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