Shocking footage has emerged of a woman in Toronto horrifically abusing her dog on the subway.
The three-minute video, which can be seen below, was uploaded onto YouTube by Roxy Yuang and is hugely upsetting. The woman can be seen repeatedly biting and striking her dog, which constantly tries to run away from its abusive owner. The woman in question can repeatedly be heard saying “stop it now, you hear me” while she continues to abuse the animal.
The woman who uploaded the video suggests that the abuser may have been on drugs, due to the amount she fidgets throughout the footage and the strange nature of her behaviour. Surprisingly, it takes a while for someone to stand up for the poor little pup, when one man intervenes and says: “You gotta stop hitting your dog.”
However, she doesn’t react well to this and gets instantly confrontational with the man in question, saying: “Pardon. Who are you? What the f**k are you talking about?”
Yuang says that the woman was eventually escorted off the train by Toronto police and transport officers, after an emergency alarm was set off on the train.
The Toronto Transit Commission said that the behaviour depicted in the footage is “awful” and that they “feel for the passenger on board the train who had to witness it”. However, despite several people being shocked by the abuse of the dog, Const. Allyson Douglas-Cooke said that they spoke to multiple witnesses, as well as the woman in question, and decided to release her with just a warning.
Douglas-Cooke said that the matter has been handed over to the OSPCA for them to perform their own investigation into the incident. Alison Cross, a spokesperson for the OSPCA, explained to Global News that the charity were aware of the the situation that happened on the train and are investigating it.
However, Cross also said that it was “too early to speak to anything”.
“Any concerns for the welfare of an animal, we encourage people to call 310-SPCA or your local police immediately,” said Cross.
Understandably, commenters on the YouTube video were disgusting with the actions of the woman, with many criticizing others on the train for not sticking up for the dog, with one user saying:
“whoever recorded this is a f***ing coward. I would have hit the alarm while recording and physically taken the dog from her. Recording the abuse and doing nothing is almost as bad. Fuck this shitty society where everyone sat and did nothing. No one even backed up the guy who did stand up.”
However, some users were quick to defend the person behind the camera, saying that there is now evidence of the abuse that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
“Hey, to the person who recorded this….THANK YOU. Because of you, this dog is now safe, and I am so sorry people are bashing you for recording instead of intervening. You did the right thing, there is now indisputable evidence of abuse. There are a lot of keyboard warriors out there calling you coward etc – but the reality is, you have your own safety to consider. Who knows what kind of drugs that woman was on. So, on behalf of that poor little doggie….thank you.”
No doubt it is some pretty shocking footage and that the woman in question needs to have the dog removed from her possession. Hopefully the dog is alright and will find a loving home in the near future.