In Queensland, a young woman pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after she videoed herself abusing and kicking a small puppy and posting the disturbing incident on Snapchat.
According to YahooNews, the RSPCA and Queensland police were alerted to the viral video after others shared it on additional social media sites, including the Rockhampton and Gracemere Crime Watch and Public Announcements Facebook page. Claire Elizabeth West appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday and has been banned from buying a dog for two years and ordered to remain on probation for the next two years. She must also undergo counselling and anger management courses.
In the video, West kicked the puppy named Buster 26 times while the defenseless animal cried out in pain. As the story developed, the man West is referring to in the video named Rylee is believed to have been West’s ex-boyfriend.
“Your dog’s dead Rylee… How do you like that Rylee?” West stated on the video.
On Facebook, Rylee wrote that West just received a “slap on the wrist” and stated on a petition that West still had custody of the puppy. The pup is currently in the Rockhampton shelter but was due to be released to the teen’s mother today. Facebook accounts report Rylee lives in Tasmania and the puppy is still in danger.
“Buster is now back in the custody of her and her family where this can happen again. Buster deserves a safe and loving environment. Something needs to be done, justice needs to be served, if not for Buster for his poor family in Tasmania that had to endure the heart break of seeing their boy being tortured for fun,” states the petition.
West’s family having custody of the dog would violate the judge’s order.
(Photos of West kicking puppy via Facebook)
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