A tiny Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy is the focus of a video which has recently caused a lot of outrage online. The video starts with the puppy lying on its back on a person’s knees, fast asleep. It quickly becomes clear what is wrong with the picture – a cigarette has been put into the sleeping puppy’s mouth. The person then goes on to light the cigarette, forcing the dog to inhale the smoke. The pup, still deeply asleep, does not realize what is happening but is clearly bothered by the smoke getting into his lungs. He begins to twitch and keeps helplessly inhaling the smoke until he is harshly woken up by being poked and pulled by the paw.
The video was filmed by the dog’s guardians, Rattiyakorn Prangthong and her partner Tango, who then published it on social media, apparently believing that there was nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Viewers, however, did not fail to see that the little scene was not innocent fun and were quick to call out the cruelty of what was basically forcing the puppy to smoke a cigarette. It was completely needless, potentially dangerous, and completely unreasonable.
By bringing an animal into our lives, we make a pact to provide them with care and safety, keep them out of harm’s way, and treat them with respect. By taking care of an animal, we take on a responsibility to do exactly that – care for them. Senseless incidents like the one purposefully captured in the video are a violation of that responsibility and a betrayal of the trust that animals put in people they share their lives with. The women behind the video can claim that nothing “really bad” was done to the puppy and have since apologized, but that does not change the fact that what they did to the dog in the first place was an example of extremely poor judgment.
The video shocked viewers who are now demanding that the authorities in Bangkok, Thailand, where the footage was filmed, check on the puppy and the conditions he is kept in or even take the animal away. Click here to sign a Care2 petition asking the authorities to make it possible for the puppy to be moved to a better and more responsible home.
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