RSPCA grateful for help after social media users flag dog abuse video

A video of a girl hitting this dog with a thong was investigated by the RSPCA.
A video of a girl hitting this dog with a thong was investigated by the RSPCA.

THE RSPCA has thanked people who reported a video of a girl slapping a dog in the face while reminding members of the public not to take matters into their own hands or make threats.

A spokeswoman said dozens of people reported the video posted on social media last week, which showed the young girl slapping the dog with a thong while her friend filmed it. Both girls were minors.

“A huge thank you to the dozens of people who reported a video which was posted on social media last week, showing a young girl slapping a dog in the face while her friend filmed it,” the spokeswoman said.

“By taking immediate action and reporting the case to the cruelty hotline, our inspector was able to follow up swiftly to locate the dog to ensure its safety and also to meet with the girls involved and their parents.

“After carefully assessing the dog and the environment in which it’s kept, it was determined that it would not be in the dog’s best interest to remove it from its home at this stage.

“During the interview process both girls received a serious warning about their senseless behaviour, and that their actions mean they could risk losing their pets altogether.

“Both girls are extremely remorseful for their actions, ashamed, and embarrassed, and have realised the seriousness of their stupidity.

“The community’s outrage and reaction has driven home to them that what they did was totally unacceptable, and they will now have to live with the consequences of their actions which have already had a significant impact on their families.”

The spokeswoman said an address circulated on social media was not related to the investigation and led to the wrong family being targeted.

“RSPCA WA and WA Police would like to remind the community that it is never appropriate for members of the public to take matters into their own hands or threaten and target people they believe might be involved,” she said.

RSPCA investigated after being inundated with reports about the video in the northern suburbs made to the cruelty hotline and via Facebook last week.

To report animal cruelty, call 9209 9300.