A video of a woman at Showse Park in Vermilion, Ohio trying to push her dog into the freezing and turbulent waters of Lake Erie on Tuesday has caused an online outrage. According to the Vermilion Police Department Facebook, a witness became concerned when he noticed a woman walking out to the edge of the water when she picked up her dog and put him in the water. The dog was unwilling and refused to go in; again the woman repeated the same action.
The witness, Elijah Boggs, as interviewed by Fox8ClevelandNews, tried to stop the woman, and at the same time he began to video the disturbing incident. Boggs can be heard in the video yelling:
“I said excuse me like what are you doing?”
The woman yelled back she was teaching her dog how to swim, even though Boggs told her the waves were too high and the water was much too cold. On Tuesday morning the water temperature was 59 degrees. After an unfriendly exchange, the woman left with her dog and Boggs called the police. By the next day, authorities had identified the woman and plan to consult with a veterinarian, Animal Control and local prosecutors to decide if she will be charged with animal cruelty.
(Photos of woman pushing dog into Lake Erie from Vermilion Police Department Facebook)
Check out the video. Many thanks to Elijah Boggs for being the voice for those who cannot speak. Good job!