In St. Louis, two Missouri women were spotted forcing a small puppy to drag heavy weights during its walk. Animal advocate, Kathy Venegoni posted a photo she took of the incident and believes it is an act of animal cruelty. According to Fox News, Kathy wants to identify the women and report them to the police.
The Humane Society of Missouri, however states what is being shown here is not illegal, and unless the dog is underweight or injured, this kind of action is not against the law. Police and animal control officers can only intervene if the weights are causing the dog to be in distress. St. Louis Metropolitan Police stated this is a “sport” and not illegal.
The photo was taken in the Bevo neighborhood in South City; Kathy took the picture when she saw the two women in front of her home on Ulena Avenue.
“I just cried and cried,” Kathy told news media Kmov. “My stomach felt like a pit was in it. He’s just a puppy. It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen cruelty before, but that was absolutely horrifying.”
In her description, Kathy thought the puppy, who weighed no more than 30 pounds, had been forced to drag 25 pounds of weights and described how the puppy would get stuck in the uneven sidewalk. She was so upset, she confronted the women who told her they were training the dog.
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