Dog lovers around the world are outraged and disturbed by a video posted online appearing to show a small dog being abused by a woman on a Canadian subway train.
The 3 minute video appears to show a woman hitting, biting and pulling the hair of a small dog and yelling at the pet to “stop it”. The video, recorded by a passenger on Toronto’s TTC subway, also shows the small dog attempting to get away from the woman, and a passenger is seen confronting her.
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Roxy Huang, who posted the video to YouTube wrote, “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.”
A passenger pulled the emergency alarm, which stopped the train, and the woman was escorted off the cabin by TTC security and 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. They spoke with some witnesses they let the woman go with a warning as there was no basis in law to remove the dog from her care.
However, after police were informed of the video, they notified the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), which is further investigating the incident.
Huang later told CBC news that she was alarmed by what she saw. “I have two huskies and I can’t understand why [someone] would do that in public. People noticed, and I saw some people walk away from her.”
She said that she wanted to do more to intervene but was concerned for her safety. “People noticed, and I saw some people walk away from her.”
The OSPCA said it is too early in the investigation to report anything regarding the case. This story will be updated as news becomes available.
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News Update: Aug 7, 2017
The OSPCA has taken the dog away from the woman after executing a search warrant on Monday. OSPCA spokeswoman Alison Cross said that charges are pending in the case.
It should be noted that Huang, who recorded the video, stated that she was terrified of the woman and worried she might be physically hurt after observing the man shouting expletives at the man who approached her and told her to stop hitting her dog.
Huang recorded it because she had “heard too many stories about abused animals, I know it is important to have evidence, that is why I started to record her.”
The OSPCA said that the Chinese crested dog has been to a veterinarian and is doing well.