In Los Angeles, a video of a homeless couple arguing at a homeless area in the downtown area, has sparked concern among area residents after the couple’s small dog was mistreated during the dispute and tossed to the ground.
According to FoxNews, the homeless couple are often seen fighting while their small dog and cat have become the real victims. The Good Samaritan, who videoed the scene, stated the dog is often left tied up alone for long periods of time and that the dog had been kicked by the couple during a fight just two days before she recorded the video. When a passerby tried to intervene and rescue the dog, the homeless couple threw bottles at him.
After the video was posted on social media, the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force informed the public the investigative unit had recently been defunded and suggested people contact the nearest animal shelter.
Officers have been dispatched to the area and the couple have refused help from authorities – even those offering to help get them into housing. Authorities state tossing a dog to the ground does not rise to the level of animal abuse. The pets do appear to be well fed and have no obvious signs of neglect.
(Photos via screenshots from Bill Melugin Twitter and video)
Video: (Graphic with disturbing language)
THREAD: A downtown LA woman tells me this homeless couple has routinely fought outside her apartment since October, and their small dog often gets caught in the middle and tossed or kicked. LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force contacted, but no longer active due to defunding. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/jAIOzNIIKf
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) December 11, 2020
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