A brown water snake was shading under a car at a Walmart. Then two people showed up with lighter fluid, police said.
The pair hit the snake, ran over part of it with a truck, spread the lighter fluid on the snake and then lit it ablaze until it died, Greenville CBS-TV affiliate WNCT reported of the May 16 encounter. The Walmart is in Richlands in southeastern North Carolina..
The video showed a type of blow torch being used on the snake, Spectrum News reported.
This week, 22-year-old Garen Whittington of Jacksonville, N.C., and 17-year-old Dustin Shearin of Trenton, N.C., were charged with animal cruelty, WNCT reported.
After the attack, Walmart issued a statement saying, "We do not tolerate the mistreatment of animals and are working with Animal Control Officers to quickly and thoroughly investigate the actions shown in the video," The Daily News reported.