Awful Video Gets Dog Saved From Owner Who Yelled 'Die'
It was a shocking scene: A man threatening his dog with a hammer and telling the frightened animal to "die." By refusing to look away, however, one Good Samaritan made sure the poor pup could find the home he always deserved.
Officials say they were alerted to the alarming incident thanks to footage sent in by an anonymous bystander. In the video, Leeds resident Paul Archer can be seen repeatedly screaming at his dog Denver before violently slamming a car trunk shut just inches away from the animal's head.
"Watching the footage, it's clear that Denver is frightened of the way his owner is behaving towards him," RSPCA Inspector Gemma Fowler told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "We all get angry sometimes, but Mr. Archer's behavior towards Denver is totally unacceptable."
Archer would later admit to failing to meet Denver's needs, but claimed the dog jumped in the car "and broke the screen on an iPad." This explanation apparently failed to convince the court. In the end, Archer was fined around $1,000 and banned from owning animals for five years and Denver was taken away.
"Denver is a smashing dog with a great personality and happily he will now be able to go to the kind of home he deserves," said Fowler. "I'd like to say thank you to the person who filmed and sent this footage to us, without which we wouldn't have had a case. They have changed this dog's life."
To learn more about what to do if you witness animal abuse, visit the Humane Society of the United States' website here.