Dog seen be­ing hit on sub­way seized by OSPCA

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

Au­thor­i­ties in Toronto have seized a dog that po­lice say was seen in an on­line video be­ing hit by its owner while on a sub­way train.

The On­tario So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals took the dog af­ter ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant on Mon­day, OSPCA spokes­woman Ali­son Cross said Tues­day, not­ing that charges are pend­ing in the case.

“This is a con­cern­ing video that we wanted to have an op­por­tu­nity to in­ves­ti­gate,’’ Cross said.

The al­leged in­ci­dent caught on video took place on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Po­lice said they were called to St. Ge­orge Sta­tion in down­town Toronto for a re­port of a dog be­ing abused.

Const. Allyson Dou­glas-Cook said of­fi­cers in­ter­viewed a woman and wit­nesses and ul­ti­mately is­sued her a warn­ing, re­leas­ing her with the dog.

“We couldn’t do anything be­cause the dog ap­peared to be un­hurt and we didn’t have ac­cess to any video of the in­ci­dent at the time,’’ Dou­glas-Cook said.

A video ap­pear­ing to show the in­ci­dent sur­faced later that day, Dou­glas-Cook said.

In the video, which has been viewed more than a mil­lion times on YouTube, a woman ap­pears to hit, pull and bite a small dog sit­ting on her lap on a sub­way train.

“You hear me? Stop it, stop it right now,’’ the woman yells at the dog, which is on a leash and is seen try­ing to move away sev­eral times.

“You’ve got to stop hit­ting your dog,’’ a man is seen say­ing to the woman when the train is stopped and its emer­gency alarm is go­ing off.

“Stop what? Par­don?’’ the woman says to the man be­fore hurl­ing ex­ple­tives.

Roxy Huang, who said she shot the video and posted it on­line, said she watched the in­ci­dent un­fold as she sat on the sub­way train.

“I was ter­ri­fied and wor­ried she might punch me in the face if she no­ticed I was record­ing her,’’ Huang said in an email. “I have heard too many sto­ries about abused an­i­mals, I know it is im­por­tant to have ev­i­dence, that is why I started to record her.’’

Huang said she left the train as its emer­gency alarm went off and didn’t im­me­di­ately see any po­lice, so she up­loaded the video to YouTube.

Po­lice said they grew con­cerned for the dog af­ter watch­ing the video and no­ti­fied the OSPCA, which opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The OSPCA said the dog, a Chi­nese crested dog, has seen a vet­eri­nar­ian and is do­ing well.

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A woman grabs a dog in a screen­grab from a video posted to YouTube in a handout photo. Au­thor­i­ties in Toronto have seized a dog that po­lice say was seen in an on­line video be­ing hit by its owner on a sub­way train.The On­tario So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals took the dog af­ter ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant on Mon­day and charges are pend­ing against the owner, OSPCA spokes­woman Ali­son Cross said Tues­day.

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