In Austin, Texas, distressing cellphone videos have gone viral which captured a woman violently striking an apparently elderly and disabled dog. Three videos alleged to have been filmed in the last two days showed a woman yanking the dog’s leash, lifting the dog by its tail and shouting at the dog to “stay up.”
The dog can be heard yelping in distress as the woman appeared to using full force downward slaps because the dog was unable to stand.
Videos: (WARNING – GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING and may not be suitable for all viewers.
According to a PETA press release, both the organization and the complainant reported the abuse to both the Austin and Travis County authorities using the videos as evidence, along with the suspect’s address hoping the innocent dog could be rescued immediately. There have been no reports made available as to the dog’s health, welfare or condition.
Authorities, however have decided there has been no crime. PETA is asking animal advocates for their help:
Most importantly—where is the dog? Despite vague assurances that she isn’t in danger, officials aren’t saying whether she was removed from the home.
Please politely urge the following officials to provide assurances that the victimized dog has been removed from her abuser:
Austin Police Department
Travis County District Attorney’s Office
The Honorable Steve Adler
Mayor of Austin
Please also ask members of the Austin City Council to secure for their constituents an update about this dog’s status.