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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Sarasota father and daughter were arrested Thursday for their alleged connection to a disturbing viral video that showed a raccoon being burned alive in a dumpster.
“Today we share another video likely to go viral depicting the two people responsible,” the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.
Alicia and Roddy Kincheloe, both of Sarasota, were arrested following “one of the most extensive investigations ever conducted by our Agricultural Unit,” the sheriff’s office added.
Deputies said a Snapchat video posted by Alicia on Aug. 11, showed the raccoon trapped inside a dumpster “not showing any signs of aggression.” Despite that, Alicia can be heard in the video saying the raccoon was “mean” and showed its teeth to others who walked by the dumpster.
In a second video, Alicia can be heard laughing as she approached the same dumpster with the animal’s charred and smoking remains inside.
“Some people say throw an apple with bleach in there,” Alicia said. “We just toasted his a**. Who’s hungry?”
A day after the disturbing Snapchat post, deputies met with Alicia at her home where she admitted to taking and posting the video. However, she claimed to have found the dumpster smoldering after she came home from lunch.
Alicia went on to say that she and Roddy used a gas can filled with water to put out the flames. Deputies didn’t buy it. Later that day, they seized the gas can and found it to be highly flammable.
Through continued investigation, deputies found a nearby surveillance video that captured the whole incident on camera. Deputies said the video showed Alicia reach into the dumpster using a pitchfork to pierce the dead raccoon and remove it in an attempt to hide it from authorities.
Alicia Kincheloe was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and tampering with physical evidence. Roddy was charged with a single count of aggravated animal cruelty.
“To see an animal essentially burned alive and have Alicia making comments over the video… is just the mind of a sick individual,” Sheriff Kurt Hoffman said.