January 21, 2016 3:20 pm

Police investigating after 72 piglets allegedly killed by farm employee

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Spanish police say they are investigating a pair of farm employees after video surfaced that purportedly shows one of the two jumping on trapped piglets – killing 72 of them.

The Guardia Civil says the incident occurred January 7 at a farm in Huercal-Overa, an area in southern Spain east of Málaga. Two unidentified males, 19 and 22, are suspects.

Police allege that footage of the incident originally surfaced on WhatsApp after being broadcast by one of the two suspects.

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The Guardia Civil explained that 19 piglets died immediately after being crushed to death.

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The footage showed a figure, who police say was employed at the pig farm, jumping three times on top of the helpless piglets. Nineteen were immediately crushed to death. Fifty-three later died of their injuries.

The juvenile omnivores were being transferred to a different part of the farm when the suspects trapped them in a corridor, according to EFE.

The Guardia Civil tweeted an image of some of the dead animals Wednesday – causing a huge uproar among the Spanish community online.

Twitter user Jose Antonio reacted by saying he hoped the suspects received “the full weight of the law”. Others called the perpetrators “scoundrels” and “disgusting”.

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