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Viral Video Shows Dad Teasing Frightened Dog With Fireworks

A man captured on video frightening his dog with fireworks is facing animal cruelty charges.

William Scaffidi of Atlanta, Georgia, reportedly uploaded the video to his Facebook account, where it was shared widely - mostly with well-earned condemnation.

Warning: Disturbing image below

We're all too aware that fireworks and pets don't often mix. But in the video, Scaffidi appears to take it a step further.

The dog appears without a means to escape, while Scaffidi, filmed by his 13-year-old daughter, lights firecrackers.

"I was shocked that somebody would do this to a dog," Timothy Poorman of Fulton County Animal Services, told CBS46. "It's pretty disturbing. I've seen a lot of cruel things happen to animals on this job, and this is one of the most deliberate things I've seen in a long time."

For his part, Scaffidi denies scaring the dog, whose name is Betty Boop, on purpose.

"The thing is, is that it wasn't even a prank," he told WSB-TV. "It wasn't a prank. A lot of people say you put the plants there to trap the dog. That's ridiculous. I didn't even know the dog was there."

The video, however, suggests otherwise. The fireworks explode, while laughter is heard in the background.

And Scaffidi's excuse rings more than a little hollow considering he posted the clip on Facebook - although he deleted it shortly afterward.

"Posting it on social media certainly wasn't his best move," Poorman told CBS46. "I don't know why they did it. They did it to have fun is what they told me."

Scaffidi will face a Fulton County Magistrate Court on July 26, where he could be fined up to $500. He could also be forced to give up his dog - which may be a good thing for this animal.

If your pet is bothered by fireworks, there's a lot you can do to help. Trapping him on the porch is not one of them.