Punching a Dog Isn’t “Playing:” Don’t Let Deputy’s Daughter Get Away With Abuse
Social media can be a great way for us to share our lives, but it also provides a platform for abusers to share sickening videos and pictures of themselves hurting animals. This was recently the case after a woman shared a video of herself repeatedly punching her German Shepherd in the face 10 times with boxing gloves. Now, we’re calling for justice, and we’re counting on you!
In early May, Idaho resident London Miner allegedly posted the video to Snapchat, which shows her repeatedly striking her dog in the face while wearing boxing gloves. The man filming can be heard saying, ”We’re boxing animals. Where’s Sarah McLachlan?” which is a reference to the singer’s work to fight animal abuse.
Like all loving dogs, her dog wanted to engage with her, but she struck him so hard that he not only cried out in pain, he growled and tried to fight back. Miner can be heard saying, “I hit him so hard I felt that through” right before the video cuts off.
After the video started to go viral, outrage ensued and the Idaho Humane Society sent a humane officer to investigate. Unfortunately, the dog was not removed because he wasn’t believed to be in imminent danger.
Miner’s response to the criticism she’s received is saying, “I do what I want with my dog,” along with other similar sentiments. It’s possible her flippant attitude has something to do with the fact that her father, Aaron Miner, is a deputy working for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office who has defended his daughter’s animal abuse.
However, we still have a chance to get justice for this dog. The case is now pending review at the local prosecutor’s office, which is considering charges.
Miner could potentially be charged under a state law that addresses “beating and harassing animals,” which comes with a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison and as much as $5,000 in fines.
What YOU Can Do
Please join In Defense of Animals in calling on Jayme Sullivan, City Attorney for Boise, Idaho to ask that Miner be prosecuted for blatantly abusing her dog. No one should be exempt from the consequences of abusing an animal.