It must be this kind of day… I’ve just shared the truly terrible story of a tourist kicking a squirrel off the Grand Canyon and was looking forward for better stories to brighten up my day. Instead, I’ve come across a dog walker swinging a Chihuahua by its leash. I guess the only good thing I could say about it is that the second story is not quite as distressing as the first one.
The incident took place in Stevenage, England and was filmed by a passer-by. The footage shows a man walking down a street with a group of three other men and repeatedly swinging the small dog on its leash up in the air.
The good news, such as it is, is that the police, who have been investigating the incident since the video was published on social media yesterday, have made an arrest. A 19-year-old teenager has been taken into custody. A police spokesman said:
A 19-year old man from Welwyn Garden City has been arrested following an appeal showing a dog being swung by its lead in Stevenage. The man was arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
He is currently in police custody and will be interviewed by detectives.
From what we know, it appears that the dog’s owner had allowed the teenager to walk the Chihuahua, but was unaware of the incident until the video was posted on a Facebook page title “Spotted in Stevenage” on Thursday night. And the thing is that there can be no doubt that the dog walker has done this many times before. So how would that make the dog’s owner feel?
Needless to say, people who have seen the video are outraged and have made their feelings known on social media. Jessica Louise from Stevenage saw the video and described it as “sick”. She added:
I was reading comments on the post and a lady had commented saying it was her friendΓÇÖs dog and she knows the lads personally. She said that she had allowed them to walk the dog while she was at work and trusted them.
A police spokesperson confirmed they had received multiple complaints and said:
We are very concerned about this footage of someone swinging a Chihuahua around on a lead. This would likely have caused the animal great distress as well as potentially serious injury.
We urge people to remember that they have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure animals in their care are properly looked after, free of suffering, with all their needs catered for.
Now that an arrest has been made, the anonymous owner of the Facebook page “Spotted in Stevenage” has posted a “thank you” to the page’s fans, adding:
Even though we may make fun of the town and the characters in it, it just goes to show when it comes to serious matters our solidarity shines through as a community. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
I do hope that the person who did this will suffer the consequences, although it is not clear what these might be. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A man was filmed as he walked along Julians Road in Stevenage and swung the dog in the air by its lead.
2. The man was walking in a group with three other men.
3. One of the other men appears to be carrying a pack of lager.
4. A passer-by filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook.
5. The police say the male Chihuahua was not injured and was returned to its owner on Thursday night.
6. The police have made an arrest, but no more details about it have been released.
And here is the disturbing video:
Source: Spotted in Stevenage.
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