The poor dog, a German Shepard, looks confused and helpless as the woman throws one punch.
Trigger Warning: This story contains details and footage of animal abuse that the readers may find disturbing.
A woman from Idaho is now being criticized by people, especially animal lovers, after a video showing her boxing a dog surfaced on social media. The horrifying footage, which was first uploaded on Snapchat, shows a woman in workout gear and boxing gloves moving in a menacing manner towards the dog. The poor dog, a German Shepard, looks confused and helpless as the woman throws one punch. The dog, who obviously cannot fight back in the same manner, is then repeatedly punched in the face by her. The punches in no way seemed playful as the dog is thrown from one side to the other and is seen yelping towards the end of the video.
Yeah I know this girl..... that’s so bad like I can’t even defend it either there’s absolutely no excuse what’s so ever this shit pissed me off so bad! 😡— SAINt JoSeph ⚜️♥️ (@JoeyPolotto) May 4, 2020
Even the person shooting this inhuman footage is no less sadistic as laughs echo from the background. "We're boxing animals. Where's Sarah McLachlan?" the man behind the camera is heard saying, referring to the Canadian singer known for animal cruelty prevention advertisements. Just then, the cruel woman lands four punches on the dog's head, who growls and tried to bite off one of the gloves by lunging at her. At one point in the video, the woman realized that she had hit the dog quite hard. "I hit him so hard I felt that through...," she says before the 13-second clip abruptly ends, reports the New York Post.
After being widely shared on various social media platforms, concerned viewers called for an investigation and suitable punishment into the ruthless incident, while condemning the woman's actions. According to TooFab, she defended her unreasonable actions when one of her followers asked her about the video. The person shared a screenshot of their conversation where she said, "That's my dog. He plays hard. A girl gunna hit him a little bit and you guys wanna press some girl hitting him with gloves. Never got hurt and was playing the entire time. I'd never let my dog get hurt. I do what I do with my dog. He thinks it's a game was he hurt at all in the video or at all? He's literally laying with me in bed."
Boise, Idaho...— Brown Shuga (@brownnshugaaa) May 4, 2020
I want to know this girls name. Who the fuck punches a dog in the face like that? Retweet this until we find out who she is. I ain’t gonna let this shit go unnoticed pic.twitter.com/xmTZWO2T1l
Ever since the incident went public, the woman switched her Instagram to private. On Monday, the Idaho Humane Society said that they had received an "overwhelming" number of calls and emails about the clip and thus was launching an investigation. The woman, who is from Eagle, was contacted by the shelter’s Animal Care and Control division regarding the issue, but she is yet to be identified publically, reports the Idaho Statesman. "The investigation is currently pending review at the local prosecutor’s office for a charging decision," said Idaho Humane Society spokeswoman Kristine Schellhaas, at the time.
I know these people know absolutely nothing about fighting because boxing gloves increase risk of brain injury..— Brown Shuga (@brownnshugaaa) May 4, 2020
Taking to Facebook, the Idaho Humane Society said that the video "has been shared through many social media networks and our Animal Care and Control office is receiving an overwhelming number of phone calls and emails." They also assured people that an "official investigation" had been launched and is currently pending review at the local prosecutor’s office for a charging decision. The statute the prosecutor could charge the woman with 25-3518, a local law that addresses 'beating and harassing animals'. The misdemeanor charge carries up to $5,000 in fines and a maximum of up to six months in jail.
We are looking into this. No one else needs to call Animal Care and Control. It’s always best to report it to us to look into before people go and hide their profiles. It makes it harder to work from when all that’s left are screenshots.— Idaho Humane Society (@IdahoHumane) May 4, 2020
The Humane Society emphasized that "Every person who cruelly whips, beats or otherwise maliciously treats any animal, or maliciously harasses with a dog any cattle, horses, sheep, hogs or other livestock shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, be punished in accordance with section 25-3520A, Idaho Code." Finally, they requested, "Please stop contacting us as this delays other urgent cases from receiving immediate attention. We need other calls, emails, and messages to get through as we are the only animal control agency for the county. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter."