Everybody loves posting photos and videos of their pets online. Who doesn’t like seeing some cute cats and dogs on their social media?
The latest such controversy has prompted an investigation by a humane society.
A bizarre video uploaded to Snapchat, originating from Treasure Valley, Idaho, shows a woman “boxing” her dog, punching him across the head with boxing gloves.
As she hits the dog, two friends seem to enjoy the scene and make light of the abuse.
“We’re boxing animals. Where’s Sarah McLachlan?” a man says, referencing her SPCA commercials.
It’s clear the woman isn’t holding back: the dog is knocked back from the hit, and yelps in distress.
The “boxer” begins to say “I hit him so hard…” before the video trails off.
You can see the video below, but viewer discretion is advised. Also note that this is a re-upload, not the original user’s video.
Naturally viewers were horrified, wondering how anyone would think this was okay to do.
The original poster has now set her account to private. According to TooFab, a follower apparently reached out to the boxing woman, who defended herself via text:
“He plays hard. A girl gunna hit him a little bit and you guys wanna press some girl hitting him with gloves,” she allegedly wrote.
“Never got hurt and was playing the entire time. I’d never let my dog get hurt.”
But an investigation has begun, potentially leading to a charge of animal cruelty. The Idaho Humane Society announced they were taking action.
“We started an official investigation as a result of this video,” they wrote on Facebook. “This morning the individual was identified and we sent a Humane Officer to discuss the situation.”
“The investigation is currently pending review at the local prosecutor’s office for a charging decision.” The woman could potentially be cited under the “Beating and Harassing Animals” statute.
We really hope justice is served in this case. There are too many cases of animal abuse disguised as harmless fun on the internet, and hopefully legal action makes people think twice about exploiting their pets.