A video of an Idaho woman boxing her dog sparked outrage on social media — and she could now face animal cruelty charges.
“We’re boxing animals. Where’s Sarah McLachlan?,” someone in the background says, referring to the singer and well-known animal-rights activist, whose songs have been featured in ads for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The dog yelps as the woman lands a hard punch and says: “I hit him so hard I felt that through…,” before the 13-second clip ends abruptly.
The footage was shared widely on other social media platforms, with many viewers decrying it as animal abuse.
The Idaho Humane Society said Monday that it had received an “overwhelming” number of calls and emails about the clip and was launching a probe.
“The investigation is currently pending review at the local prosecutor’s office for a charging decision,” Idaho Humane Society spokeswoman Kristine Schellhaas said.
The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office could charge the woman under a local law that addresses “beating and harassing animals”.
The misdemeanour charge carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison and up to $5000 in fines.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission