A picture of a dog dangling by a harness from a second story balcony in South Carolina landed a 23-year-old man in legal trouble when the image went viral and came to the attention of local police.
A woman spotted the dog and took a photo, which she then posted on Facebook, according to the NY Daily News.
Reaction was swift and angry.
Police in Greenville said they were “inundated” with calls and emails from members of the community, the NY Daily News reported.
Tyler Smith, 23, was cited with violating the city ordinance on animal care, said Greenville Police officer Johnathan Bragg.
The dog actually belongs to Smith’s parents, who were out of town at the time.
Bragg told ABC News that it was raining outside that day and Smith apparently didn’t want to get wet, so he lifted the dog down so it could go to the bathroom and then raised it back up.
The dog was not injured.
Smith faced a $1,000 fines and 30 days in jail if convicted as charged.