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Teenager accused of killing opossum, posting video on Facebook

September 2, 2010 |  2:50 pm

A 19-year-old former resident of northern San Diego County faces a charge of felony animal cruelty after allegedly posting a video on the Internet showing him hacking an opossum to death, officials said.

Carter Livingston, who now lives in Auburn, Calif., near Sacramento, was charged by the Nevada County district attorney. He allegedly posted the video on Facebook, showing him striking the animal 44 times with a meat cleaver.

The investigation was begun by the San Diego Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after receiving a complaint from someone who saw the video. The case was taken up by Nevada County officials after it was determined that Livingston had moved there from Vista, officials said.

--Tony Perry in San Diego