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Community reacts to video of a man hitting live camel at KY nativity scene

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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Jackson, Missouri man was caught on camera punching a live camel at a nativity scene in Kentucky - and people aren't happy.

Joseph Price, the man in the video, said he wants to speak to an attorney before commenting on what happened.

But, many of you had plenty to say after seeing the image of Price with that camel outside a Kentucky hospital.  

"Heartbroken sad, disappointed - I don't know much more to say about it. I'm just disappointed," Scott City resident Pam Allen said in reference to the cell phone video viewed by more than 100,000 people already.

Joseph Price, working for the 5-H Ranch in Cape County, can be seen striking a camel as crews set up the nativity scene outside a Kentucky hospital.

Price now faces a charge of second degree of animal cruelty.

"Mistreating an animal, I think the person who [did] it should be held responsible and I don't like the mistreating of animals at all. I mean now they're putting on something for Christmas and it's a tradition," Allen said.

The hospital canceled the nativity scene, dismantled the display and called police.

In the meantime, locals who've seen the video are left shaking their heads. 

"For it to be a nativity scene with animal abuse, I mean that's just not very Christian... All creatures are all equal," Jamie Hubbard said.

"I'm kind of turned off by it, because of the fact of the animals," Scott City resident Victor Powell said. "I'm an animal lover. I have animals at home and it wouldn't happen to mine and someone should be held accountable. I think it should be held accountable more so than now."

A statement from 5-H Ranch said Price lost his job as soon as they learned about the incident.

He was employed for a week and a half before being terminated.

The Ranch said it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to abuse or poor treatment.

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