Seeing any animal abused is disturbing. With the access to social media instantaneous, a video can go viral immediately.
Positive light can be shed on events like this. Those who are brazen enough to mistreat their animals are called to task for their actions and watched closely by the various authorities. You never know who may be watching or recording you with your pet.
Recently, a three-minute video was posted online of a woman biting and pulling the hair of her small dog. The dog’s carrier also yelled at the animal to “stop it.” Her actions were recorded by Roxy Huang, a passenger on Toronto’s TTC subway.
In the You tube video, the poor pooch is seen attempting to break away from the woman. A passenger does confront the dog’s abuser.
Huang wrote in her post: “It happened today, Aug 4, 2017, on TTC [~ed. Toronto subway]. I just finished work and got on TTC at Bloor-Yonge station. This trash non-stop hits her dog bites and pulled its hair. I was so furious to see her abuse her dog.
After few mins, a man walked to her and asked her to stop. Meanwhile, a man walked to driver’s room. The whole train stopped, more than 3 TTC staff walked to her and then she got off the train. Someone like her should never own a dog or a pet.”
We have to agree with this observation. The thousands of dog lovers who’ve seen this video were outraged at this woman’s callousness.
After being escorted off the subway, the woman was questioned by police: “Officers from 53 Division spoke to the woman and some witnesses and found no signs physical harm to the dog,” said Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook.
The woman was released and given a warning. There wasn’t a lawful reason to remove the dog from her custody. However, once the police learned of the video, they notified Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
The organization is further investigating the incident. It is still too early in the investigation to make any report.
Huang said later about how the woman’s actions alarmed her: “I have two huskies and I can’t understand why [someone] would do that in public.”
She wanted to do more, but Huang was too afraid to intervene: “People noticed, and I saw some people walk away from her.”
What would you do if you saw this abuse with your own eyes? Would you walk away? Would you confront the animal abuser or call the the authorities?