ORLANDO, Fla. - Allegations of dog abuse at an Orlando animal hospital have now forced the state attorney's office to consider charging the clinic's manager after graphic video showed her slamming a small dog against a wall by its leash.
The woman seen slamming the small dog against a wall -- at least four times -- is the manager at the Emergency Pet Hospital on White Road in Orlando, said Veterinarian Dr. Mohammad Hassan, and she is still working at the clinic.
The cellphone video lasts 32 seconds and was posted on YouTube by a woman who received it from people who worked at the hospital.
That tipster, who asked to remain anonymous, calls what is seen on the video "abuse" and said "it's horrendous."
"There's right and wrong, and you just don't do it," said the tipster. "There are proper ways to handle things. This poor dog doesn't have a voice. This poor dog couldn't go and tell his owner that he was being mistreated."
On the video, the dog yelps and has a cone around its head, indicating it may have recently underwent surgery. The manager wrestles with the dog's tiny collar and when the dog appears uncooperative.
"I was very upset when I saw the video," said Hassan. "It does look very bad because the video was altered and trimmed."
Hassan said what we don't see on the short video clip is what happened in the 10 minutes before the manager lost her patience. He said the dog bit several workers, was uncontrollable and his manager made several different attempts to handle the dog.
When asked if there is a better way to take care of that dog, Hassan said, "There's always a better way."
As far as this being a case of animal abuse, Hassan does not agree.
"If you see the video as-is, I'm sure it can be considered animal abuse," said Hassan. "If you see the whole video, you're going to realize what happened there happens everywhere all the time."
Hassan said the video is over a year and a half old and believes whoever leaked it has a grudge against him because they were fired.
It's unclear who owns the dog or if it was injured in the attack, but Hassan asserts it was not.