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A veterinarian was charged with animal abuse after his son filmed and posted a video of him allegedly yelling and using physical force against a dog.
Deputies were dispatched to the home in response to an animal abuse complaint against the Michigan veterinarian. When they arrived, they were told that the video was posted to YouTube of the man yelling and “physically putting his hands” on a German Shepherd, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s office. According to the report, the video was taken by the veterinarian’s son.
The video reportedly shows the man removing the dog from the bedroom by the collar and yelling at the dog while the animal walked around the kitchen. The sheriff’s office said that in the video, the man grabbed the dog and put the animal on their back before holding them by their neck in “a submissive position” and moving the animal around on the floor. The dog was allegedly screaming and whimpering at one point, and the report says that the man “appears to be squeezing the dog’s neck and/or possibly biting the neck of the dog.” He then lifts the dog’s head before “slamming it onto the floor” while continuing the yell.
The man said that he “disciplined” the dog after the animal got into a fight with another German Shorthaired Pointer who was also in the home. He insisted that he would “never hurt” the dog.
Although the deputies said there were no visible injuries to the animals, they removed the three dogs from the home. After an investigation, the 52-year-old man was charged with a misdemeanor of one count of animal cruelty to one animal. All of the dogs are reportedly in good health.
Animal abuse is more prevalent than many may think. According to PetPedia, every 60 seconds, an animal suffers from abuse, with more than 65 percent being dogs. More than 10 million animals die from abuse every year in the US alone, not including the livestock bred for consumption, who also suffer immense abuse. Animal abuse happens everywhere and is a serious issue. We need more laws to protect animals and hold abusers accountable. Sign this petition to demand all states make all animal abuse a felony now!
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