Dog abused in video in SPCA custody

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Two dogs seen in a two-and-a-half-minute video – that apparently shows a man abusing one of the animals – are now in the custody of a York County shelter.

In the shocking video, a man is seen dragging, punching, and apparently hitting a white pit bull with a belt.

The video was posted to Facebook over the weekend.

Barbara Tyler, who lives in York, watched what she could of the video.

“It was very disturbing,” she told ABC 27 News. “I couldn’t finish watching it because I was ready to cry when I [saw] it.”

Officials with the York County SPCA said the video led them to a home on East South Street. Executive director Melissa Smith said the owner, who is not in the video, turned over the dogs.

Smith said the dogs names are Bugs, an adult male who is the subject of the apparent abuse, and Willa, a female puppy.

“After getting over the initial shock of seeing the video, the first thing you want to do is get the animals out of harm’s way,” Smith said.

Bugs spent Tuesday in surgery so veterinarians could check for internal injuries.

When ABC 27 News stopped by the shelter, Willa was friendly and ready to talk to anyone willing to say hello.

Smith said the SPCA is working with the York County district attorney’s office on the case. She said there has been a gracious outpouring of support for the dogs since the video was posted online.

“It’s very good that people are invested and want to help these animals,” she said. “I would say now that the dogs’ case is in the right hands, the dogs are in the right hands, and we’re moving forward as quickly as we can.”

Smith said the dogs will be placed in a foster home with someone who has handled dogs in similar situations. She said charges are expected to be filed sometime this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday.

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