A viral video clip showing the cheerleader coach of Cheer Savannah, a 17-year-old local cheer gym in Georgia, continues to spark online rage with allegations of animal abuse. According to SavannahNow, the Facebook video surfaced in August showing Stephanie Britt, the owner and coach of Cheer Savannah, kicking her dog, Charlie.
The 16-second clip incident occurred at Benedictine Military School when Britt was the school’s cheer coach. The owner’s dachshund Charlie had been nipping at shoe strings and being generally doggy disruptive during a scheduled practice time, when Britt intentionally kicked the dog. Britt claims the dog was biting her bare feet. At first the video was just shared among cheerleader mothers who had previously had run-ins with the owner, but when the video was posted on Facebook, animal advocates from across the nation were quick to voice their opinions and criticism of the abusive behavior. Since that time, Britt issued an apology through a statement to FoxNews.
“I’m an animal lover and I deeply regret what happened, but this video snippet is in no way indicative of my affectionate relationship with Charlie,” she said.
Since the video was posted and viewed thousands of times, Benedictine Military School has suspended Britt from their cheering program. Chatham County Animal Control has confirmed that they’ve received numerous calls about this video. Animal Control says the District Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into what happened to Britt’s dog, Charlie. No decisions have been made as to whether misdemeanor animal cruelty charges will be pressed against Britt. Charlie, however, who was examined by a veterinarian didn’t have any injuries.
The video highlights the topic of animal cruelty. Chatham County animal experts state there are healthy ways to control a dog’s behavior and not lose one’s temper. It wouldn’t take much force to physically harm such a small dog. Love and respect your dog by teaching them basic commands and good manners; just saying you love your dog isn’t enough. If you suspect animal cruelty, you can file a report by calling Chatham County Animal Control at 912-652-6575.
(Photo and video of cheerleader coach via Facebook screenshot from Out of the Box Rescue.)
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