In Reading, Pennsylvania, it only took an eight second video for neighbors to suspect a man of animal cruelty shown beating a panicky, crying pooch on their surveillance video Monday. Several people want the dog taken away and used the proof of the video showing the dog being carried by the scruff of his neck wailing loudly in apparent panic mode.
According to Local12News, concerned citizens attended a Reading Council meeting on Tuesday looking for help for a dog allegedly abused. After showing the members the disturbing video, one of the animal advocates questioned the council members about the dog being held by its neck and repeatedly slapped in the face. The council suggested the neighbors contact the SPCA or law enforcement.
” I honestly could not think of anything. It made me sick,” stated local resident, Lori Zimmer, addressing the council members. “Normally I scroll through this but, I don’t know why, on this particular one I just stopped and played the video and I knew I had to take action.”
Another neighbor had heard the dog crying, and at first thought the pooch had been hit by a car. And now the community members want to know what they can do to make change the law so that pets suspected of being abused are removed from the alleged abusive homes until a thorough investigation can be done.
The incident is currently being investigated by the Cincinnati Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Reading Police Department. The SPCA says it is a gray area as to whether the video rises to the level of animal cruelty or abuse. When news reporters went to the home where the dog lived, the man who answered said he didn’t own any dogs.
There have been no charges filed against the dog’s owner nor has he been identified.
(Photo of surveillance photo capturing alleged abuse via Fox News video)
The video is very disturbing. Viewer discretion is suggested.
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