A viral video showing a woman abusing her dog has prompted an investigation, as the pet owner has sparked the ire of numerous animal rights activists.
The harrowing incident took place in Fairfield, the county seat of Solano County, California. A woman, whom officials have confirmed to be 31-year old Brandi Chin, was captured on video while abusing a small dog, believed to be her pug, named Ben.
The footage, which has already garnered more than 44,000 views on Facebook, was filmed by David Shields, a local who witnessed the pet owner’s horrific behavior.
In the video, which surfaced on December 19, Chin can be seen picking up and transporting a pug by its front limbs, before hurling it with great force against the pavement, in the direction of a man standing nearby.
The dog can be seen tumbling on the street, and trying to get up from the ground, before being fetched by the bystander, who takes it in his arms, while being involved in a heated argument with the woman.
The man in the video has since been identified as Brandi Chin’s ex-boyfriend. Upon being interviewed by KCRA reporters, he confirmed that he had indeed been quarreling with his significant other, who committed this shocking gesture driven by excessive fury.
According to the boyfriend, who is now trying to appease the situation, the lover’s tiff simply escalated too much, with the pug becoming a collateral victim.
As he insists, the woman had never shown such violence towards her pet before, and this violent outburst from her side has been entirely unprecedented, and is in no way indicative of the way she normally treats animals.
Few people who have seen the disturbing footage have accepted these explanations are reassuring or valid however, especially since the eyewitness has recounted to reporters that he has seen such cruelty before from Chin’s side, but hadn’t been able to document it.
Eventually, several viewers have brought the case to the attention of the Fairfield Police Department, which has begun an inquest so as to determine if this is indeed an instance of animal abuse, and to establish what charges should be laid against the woman.
Police officers and staff from the Solano County Humane Society haven’t been able to apprehend Brandi Chin so far, and have appealed to the public to provide them with any relevant information which might help advance the case, at (707)428-7300.
Animal control officers and law enforcement now believe the alleged culprit may be keeping out of sight, probably in Vallejo, fearing repercussions following her recently publicized actions.
Apparently, Chin also took the dog with her, and investigators have stated that they would immediately make sure the pet is consulted by a vet, as soon as they manage to retrieve it.
If the suspect is taken into custody and proven guilty of animal abuse classified as a misdemeanor, she will be facing a fine of up to $20,000, as well as imprisonment of up to a year, within the confines of the Solano county jail.
In the event that the misdemeanor is considered to be a felony, the penalty will be even stricter, consisting in the same financial penalty, and up to 3 years behind bars, in the California state prison.
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