A Sydney, Australia couple have been banned from owning pets after they posted a video to the popular online Chinese social media site Weibo showing them beating their cowering puppy with a slipper. Ms. Chen and Mr. Deng claimed they accidentally uploaded the disturbing video.
According to the Daily Mail, the RSPCA charged the couple with animal cruelty after viewing the video which showed the frightened dog crouched on the floor in the couple’s apartment being hit with the slipper repeatedly.
“One offender recorded and uploaded the video of the punishment inflicted on the puppy, the other offender was striking the puppy twice on the head and seven times on the body while restraining it,” the presiding judge stated at the couple’s trial. “Each blow you can hear a loud thus, it is clear the animal is in a highly distressed state. Animals can’t speak up for themselves when cruelty is inflicted it is often done in private.”
The couple stated the video had only been intended to share with a family member and contended they were disciplining their puppy. They did plead guilty and were each fined $600 and ordered to pay the RSPCA costs of $755.42. Both Chen and Deng have been banned from owning or caring for any pets for one year.
The couple filed an appeal and lost. The puppy is expected to be made available for adoption.
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