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2 teens charged with cruelty

LISBON — Two teen-agers have been charged after a video was posted online showing one of them repeatedly beating a domestic turkey and then holding the dead turkey up like a trophy by its legs.

Drew Kameron Browne, 18, Whippoorwill Avenue, Hanoverton, has been charged with cruelty to animals. Sheriff Ray Stone said Browne turned himself in at the county sheriff’s office on Thursday afternoon.

Karissa Marie Piszczek, 18, Gavers Road, Hanoverton, has been charged with complicity to cruelty to animals. According to the investigation, conducted by Lt. Allan D. Young, Piszczek is believed to be the one who was taking the video.

The video, which appeared on Facebook, was reported to deputies by several people after they were disturbed by what they had witnessed online and led to the investigation by deputies.

The turkey belonged to Matthew Henderson of Steubenville Pike, Lisbon, according to deputies. Henderson is the neighbor of one of the other teenagers visible and only watching the beating happen in the video, a 16-year-old boy who has not been charged. Two other males and two teenage girls are also listed as witnesses, according to the report.

In the video, Browne reportedly strikes the turkey with an ax handle or some similar wooden stick repeatedly about the head at least 18 times while the turkey struggles on the ground. A female’s voice also can reportedly been heard cheering him on by saying “Hit it, Drew.” The video was recorded on April 12.

Piszczek is scheduled to appear for arraignment on May 8 in Columbiana County Municipal Court, but no date is listed in court documents for Browne to appear.

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