A punching bag doesn’t usually have legs but this one had four and its owner caused a clamour on Facebook. It all started when this 15-minute video was posted on You Tube by a girl in KL. She claimed to have found the pen-drive containing the video somewhere in the city. I checked to make sure that the clip was really what it said it was—a case of dog-bashing—before I shared it with my Facebook friends.
Yes, the punching bag was a little dog. The bashing it received was so horrific I could watch only the first two minutes.
This little poodle was being trained to stand on his hind legs while holding the fore-legs folded across his chest. And every time he made a ‘mistake’ like falling on all four legs, a muscular arm was quick to send him flying across the table. This was done repeatedly in the two minutes I watched. I had no stomach to view the rest of the recording and I could only guess at what took place.
What struck me most was the dog’s response to all this abuse. It was like a terrified child who was too scared to do anything but what he was told to do. Did he growl? Bark? Bite? No! Not a yelp, not a whimper, escaped his mouth.
Poor, helpless, little poodle, I thought. How could people do this to such an adorable and obviously mild-mannered dog? I wondered what the poodle was thinking. I wondered if he understood what was happening.
Soon the video was all over the internet. The SPCA Singapore was looking for the abuser. Pictures of him were posted on Facebook and the dog-bashing was even mentioned in the local Chinese news. So, unless he re-designs his facial features—like that Japanese guy who killed his English teacher—this abuser will be recognized everywhere he goes. We all hope he gets what he deserves.
Apparently, the poodle has already died. I feel so sorry for it but better he died and went romping in dog-heaven than live to serve as someone’s punching bag in hell-on-earth. I know you don’t have to be a dog-lover to agree with me. You just have to be a normal human being who wants to see less violence inflicted on the innocents around us—animals included.