Video footage obtained by an animal welfare organization revealed the owner of a Burlingame, California dog boarding business grabbing, hitting, and slamming an unknown dog to the ground. SF Gate reported today that an animal advocacy organization believes that the footage, which it received on July 30, is sufficient evidence to prosecute the boarding facility owner for animal cruelty.
KTVU News reported today that the footage was recorded by a neighbor of the boarding facility, who used their cell phone to capture the incident. The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) asked for help identifying the dog in this disturbing footage, which shows a person approach the cowering dog, grab it by the neck, slam the animal into the ground, and then repeatedly slap the little dog.
While the person in the footage has not been identified, PHS/SPCA has stated that she is a woman in her 60s who has operated a dog boarding business from her home for more than 10 years. According to Peninsula Humane Society, this isn’t the only abusive footage that has been obtained – prior footage reportedly shows this unidentified woman stomping on another dog. PHS/SPCA did not indicate whether it was believed that the dog was a boarding client or if it belonged to the owner of the boarding facility.
The dog in this footage has not been identified and because of alleged prior complaints, animal advocates fear that this might not be the only animal who was abused. PHS/SPCA is hoping that dog owners who have used this boarding facility, located behind Burlingame High School, come forward if they have concerns. The single-story residence is located in between Hwy. 101 and the high school. PHS/SPCA spokesperson Scott Delucchi stated: “If we hear from other dog owners who have hired this woman to care for their dogs and had bad experiences, they may become part of the report we deliver to the district attorney’s office.”
PHS/SPCA posted on its Facebook page yesterday that it was looking for the dog in this video, as there are concerns over its condition. The dog is described as a “golden-colored, approximately 15-pound, long-haired small breed, perhaps a Chihuahua mix, with a fluffy tail, and somewhat pointed snout with short hair around the face.”
After PHS/SPCA investigators visited this residence, it seized 11 dogs due to fears over the dogs’ health and safety. The dogs who had been boarded at the facility were returned to their owners, but according to PHS/SPCA, the owner’s three dogs have been placed into protective custody. As of this writing, the dogs have not yet been returned.
PHS/SPCA stated on its Facebook page that it has received multiple complaints from neighbors about the way that this person has handled animals. Its Facebook page stated: “Dog owners who believe this dog may be theirs, residents who have knowledge of other dogs possibly harmed by this dog sitter or who have had bad or troubling experiences using this person’s dog sitting or boarding services are encouraged to contact PHS/SPCA immediately.”
If this is your dog, or if you have any information about animals possibly being harmed at this boarding facility, please call PHS/SPCA at (650) 340-7022, ext. 384. PHS/SPCA stated that it is not releasing this person’s name at this time, as she has not been charged with a crime.