Dog Taken Away from Owner After Alleged Animal Abuse Video

PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- The SPCA of Luzerne County is trying to find out why a dog was punched in the face after a video of the alleged beating was posted on Facebook.

People who have seen the video said they were disgusted. It shows a woman repeatedly punching a dog in the face and stomach while it cried for help.

SPCA officers showed up to the home in Plains Township to take away the German Shepherd at the center of this alleged animal abuse case.

"We have seen the video and it is an open, active investigation at the moment, so we really can't release that much information," Humane Society Police Officer Savi Reardon said.

Reardon couldn't say what kind of injuries the dog had after the alleged beating.

Neighbors said they always thought the pet was well taken care of, even though it wasn't overly friendly.

"Always barking, always jumping up, like I said I thought he was going to jump off the porch and I would just hope that I would get in my car quick enough," a neighbor named Sally said.

Animal control officers said the video of the alleged abuse is being used as evidence and it could make their case stronger if and when charges are made. However, that does not make a conviction any easier.

"We have to...do a full investigation, get all of our evidence before we can even consider filing charges," Reardon said.

The SPCA of Luzerne County investigates about 800 initial complaints for animal abuse every year, and that is not even counting all of the follow up calls officials have to make. Officers said it can be incredibly difficult to charge an alleged animal abuser because the victims in these cases can not speak up for themselves.

"Regardless of how horrific it is, it's not: I get there. It's bad. They go to jail. We have to go through the court system," Reardon said.

At the end of the day, neighbors said they were horrified to hear about the alleged abuse happening just down their street.

"To me, if you would abuse an animal, you would harm a human being. I have a cat, and she's spoiled rotten," Sally said.

The SPCA of Luzerne County said this is still an open investigation. People with information about the case can contact animal control officers at 570- 825-4111.

16 comments

  • Dog lover

    They are going to prosecute her. Good I’m very glad. Hope the dog recovers and learns to trust again. It is sad that some neighbors saw signs and didn’t report it. Now they are on notice. Keep an eye on her. Don’t let her own another animal.

  • Lori

    People that do things like that are cowards. They don’t have the guts to do it to someone who will fight back. I hope they prosecute her to the fullest. Give her name. She’s garbage and should be treated that way.

  • Lori

    I’d like that piece of garbage to come and hit me the way she pounded on that dog. I got fists and I would pound back. What is wrong with people? I hope her neighbors make sure she doesn’t get anyone dogs.

  • GTX

    Facebook is no better. By the time the video is shut down half the world sees it. Facebook should be shut down. My back yard is watched closer than that website. Hey look were in Hawaii. Hey look we are robbing you blind. As for that woman what goes around comes around.

  • Writer Girl

    Digusting Dirtbag! What is wrong with people. If you aren’t going to love an animal, don’t get one! Jail and fine this disgusting woman!

  • Anna Varrecchia Magee

    I have to say thank you to the SPCA of Luzerne County for acting fast on this!! I have seen so many cases like this where they say there’s not enough proof & we need to investigate more. Well at least they got the poor dog out of there to safety while they do their investigation unlike animal investigators do!! Thank you!!

  • me

    I am so glad this woman was caught and this poor dog was taken away from this monster, she needs to be punched in the face multiple times. I also see a sliding board in the backyard. Children and Youth need to look into the children as well. She is disgusting and should definitely not ever be allowed to have a pet ever again as well as locked up for her actions.

  • magicmikexxsm

    I have a beautiful 3.5 year old German Shepard..he is very loyal and would die for me if needed….to watch that woman beat that poor German Shepard broke my heart……
    This womans name should be in the story so we all know who she is..I hope this woman gets jail time, there is never a reason to hit your dog like that…..this woman is a disgusting person….

  • Pam Morgan

    Time for PA to step up and make an example. This animal abuse needs to stop. How many animals need to suffer and die until we get stronger laws that puts these people behind bars.So tired of seeing just a slap on the wrist.

  • Barb

    This makes me so sick to my stomach. That poor defenseless animal. It was probably afraid to bite the owner for FEAR of her. PLease do NOT give that dog back to her or any other animals. She the owner needs a good dose of a beating to see what it feels like. I feel so sorry for that dog and I hope it survives and gets a good home where it can learn to trust her owner.

  • Terry jensen

    What’s the owners name and where is her picture?.? Post it and report it so everyone knows what a slime ball she is!!

  • Christine L. Bird

    OMG……If the witch would to this to a poor defenseless animal;what in god’s name would she do to a child??? I say remove this “fur baby”;then Do to her what she did to this little baby.. She deserves neither an animal or children……..

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