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Disturbing video shows owner hitting dog in Homestead – NBC 6 South Florida

A viral video of an owner punching his dog in the face in Homestead has outraged thousands of people.

Only in Dade posted the video on Sunday, which shows an owner holding a dog on a leash and punching it in the face several times. The incident is said to have occurred in a Homestead neighborhood on 288th Street.

The video has left neighbors outraged. They told NBC6 they are advocating for the poor pet to get justice, saying the video shows behavior that should not be applied to any animal.

“Wow, that’s exactly what happened here, that’s not right,” said neighbor Fernando Zamora. “I think those people should not own animals, they are almost animals themselves.”

“Beating a dog, hitting an animal, they deserve to be here in this world just like us, sometimes they are even better. They don’t deserve that,” said another neighbor, Jean.

The Friends of Miami Animal Foundation shared a photo with NBC6 of what is believed to be the dog’s makeshift kennel. The foundation’s president, Yolanda Berkowitz, claimed the owner has a history of this behavior.

“The fact that this person thought it was okay to punch a dog in broad daylight says a lot about animal welfare in our community,” she said.

Miami-Dade police were asked if the owner had handled such pets in the past. Police said in a response that they were aware of the video and started an investigation after a tipster filed it through Crimestoppers on Sunday.

Homestead police said in a statement that they would support Miami-Dade police in the investigation.

“We understand that the content of this video is deeply disturbing and has caused significant concern within our community and beyond,” the statement said. “We want to assure the public that animal cruelty is taken very seriously, and we are committed to supporting the Miami-Dade Police Department in any way we can.”

Friends of Miami Animal Foundation says once a report is filed, investigators should conduct a welfare check. If charges are determined against the owner, the dog or dogs will be in the custody of Miami-Dade Animal Services as evidence.

As of Monday afternoon, police had not identified the owner and no arrests had been made.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for anyone who provides information. If you know anything, you are asked to call 305-471-TIPS.

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