The Greater Sudbury Police Service in Ontario charged two people on Wednesday evening with animal cruelty related to videos which had been circulating on social media of a dog being abused. According to the Sudbury.com, two videos posted to Facebook on Wednesday showed a young woman hitting a dog repeatedly and shoving its face into what appeared to be feces. The woman was shown beating a white pit bull with her fist – blaming the dog for eating cat food. Facebook users had been circulating the names of the couple they said posted the disturbing videos, that is until the social media accounts were deleted.
Police asked for the public’s help, and on Wednesday, the police posted updated information on Twitter as well as their Facebook page announcing two suspects had been charged with animal cruelty. Staff Sergeant Peter Orsino released the following statement:
“The greater Sudbury Police criminal investigation unit have arrested two individuals with respect to the video clip that was released earlier today. There was a 20 year old male and an 18 year old female arrested for cruelty to animals. The dogs that were involved in this incident have not been located yet. We are seeking the public’s assistance in locating those dogs. The criminal investigation unit have received additional tips with respect to other things that these suspects have been involved with and that is in the early stages of the investigation.”
On Thursday morning came more good news; the dogs and cats allegedly abused have been located. In an early tweet, the Sudbury Police announced the pets had been located. Soon after that, more details of the rescue were made public:
“All of the animals that were associated to the residence have been located, three kittens and two dogs, one of which is the dog in the video, Chico. The dogs were found in the care of two separate people, who kept them safe until officers attended. The three kittens were located inside of the residence. The animals are safe and with animal care professionals. The animals all appear to be doing well and will be examined by a veterinarian as a precaution. We would like to thank the public for all of its assistance with this matter, including the sharing of information through our social media platforms.”
The names of the suspects have not been made public at this time. An investigation continues.
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(Photos and videos of Sudbury animal abuse courtesy of Sudbury Police.)
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