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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Disturbing video making the rounds online, showing a dog attack in Oklahoma City.

The video has people around the world demanding answers. Now city officials would like to set a few things straight.

The video, shared thousands of times over the weekend, was shot in near N.W. 106th.

"We looked at it, and the video, quite frankly, is hard to watch," said Captain Paco Balderrama, with Oklahoma City Police.

In the video, three large dogs viciously attack a fourth.

It was last Friday when police responded to the home. According to a police report, they contacted a suspect who admitted to having four pit bulls, and police found one of them in bad shape.

In the report, police explain the dog had 'bite marks on his head and back, along with dried blood.'

Animal Welfare stepped in, taking the dog away to be treated.

"The dog that was injured was removed from the home, and was immediately taken to our veterinarian," noted Julie Bank, Animal Welfare Superintendent.

The suspect was cited for four infractions: animal cruelty, failure to provide medical attention, failure to display tags for the animals, and for interfering with the investigation.

Police say the suspect is adamant about claiming he wasn't home during the fight.

"They got in a fight, and there was nobody there to break them up," said Balderrama. "It could have happened to really anybody who has a lot of dogs."

As the investigation unfolded, the Facebook backlash kicked into high gear, as people from far and wide targeted city workers on social media.

"We actually got messages from other countries saying 'look, what are you doing about this dog,'" explained Balderrama. "We want to let the public know that we're following up on this, because we take it very seriously."

Animal Welfare was in charge of the investigation, and wrapped up their end earlier today (Monday).

"Our job is to do as thorough, as complete an investigation as possible," said Bank. "Sometimes that takes time, it doesn't happen in five seconds or less."

The case was handed over to the Police Department, who will then hand the findings over to the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office.

The injured dog continues to recover at the Animal Welfare offices.

 

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