The Idaho Humane Society was overwhelmed with calls and emails after a video of a woman boxing her German Shepherd spread on social media.
The video was first posted on Snapchat, which showed the woman from Idaho repeatedly punching her dog in the head with boxing gloves. The 13-second clip ended with a hard punch that made the dog yelp in pain and the woman saying, “I hit him so hard I felt that through.”
People were outraged over the cruel act and demanded she be charged and her dog taken away.
The Idaho Humane Society and local prosecutors are actively investigating the case. “We started an official investigation as a result of this video. 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,” posted the animal shelter.
The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office said in a press release, “The incident occurred within the Boise City limits and is the jurisdiction of the Boise City Attorney’s Office where it is currently under review.”
The woman faces animal cruelty charges that could result in a $5,000 fine and up to six months in prison, reports The Idaho Statesman.
Sadly, the dog was not seized because it was not deemed to be in “imminent danger”. People were once again outraged by this, but the society said, “No matter the sentiments involved, we have to follow the law.”
“Time to start pushing for laws to change and harsher punishments to be imposed. There, something to do during this quarantine,” commented one follower.
The society is doing everything in their power to stand up for the abused dog, but ask that people please stop contacting them about the case. They need to have the phones available so they can address other urgent cases. In order to answer many of the common questions, the society posted a flowchart of the process of animal abuse cases in the county.
They promise to continue to help animals in need and said, “The Idaho Humane Society works to protect all animals from abuse. We also believe that because domestic animals are a product of human intervention, we have a very special obligation to them in regard to humane treatment and responsible stewardship.”
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