Angry mob try to lynch dog abuser after shocking videos go viral
Local police officers who were called to the scene were initially unable to reach the suspect.
Hari, a one-and-a-half-year-old Korean Jindo dog wears a dog mask on a poor air quality day in Incheon, South Korea, March 15, 2019. Picture taken on March 15, 2019.
(photo credit: HYUN YOUNG YI / REUTERS)
A mob of 200 people gathered on Tuesday night outside a private residence in Bat Yam belonging to a person suspected of abusing a dog, after revealing videos of him circulated social media an hour earlier.
Local police officers who were called to the scene were initially unable to reach the suspect, as a furious mob of hundreds of people demanded justice, with several individuals physically trying to enter the suspect’s house, in what could have turned into a public lynching.
The suspect, a 35-year-old, was eventually “smuggled” through a window by police officers who then arrested him and took him in for questioning.
The story broke out earlier on Tuesday, when videos taken by the suspect went viral after Dennis Charkov, an Israeli entertainer and internet celebrity, shared them on Facebook. Charkov’s post quickly drew hundreds of comments – some expressing shock, others, anger.
In one video, the suspect is seen dragging a dog around after tying its legs and repeatedly beating its stomach. In another video, he’s seen beating the same dog with a belt.
Upon his arrest, police officers were also able to rescue the dog, and later hand it over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel (SPCA).
“We are in a stressful and challenging time, and unfortunately there are many reports of animal abuse,” the SPCA said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post.
“Everyone is talking about a sharp rise in injuries to women and children but we can certainly say that the cries of distress also concern the helpless creatures whose voices are not heard. Just last week, we received a report of cat poisoning, another report of a passerby kicking a cat and of tied dogs being left without water and food. We hope that the law enforcement system and the courts will hear the abusers severely.”It is time for the courts to increase the punishment.”The SPCA encouraged the public to report any suspicion of animal abuse or neglect to the police, or to the SPCA hotline *4553.
Bat Yam Mayor Tzvika Brot thanked the police officers who first responded and reached the scene for their professional handling of the situation.
“I was shocked to see the horrific videos that recently circulated social media, and I would like to thank the Bat Yam police for a good job. We will do everything in our power to punish the culprit for his horrible offense,” Brot said.
“The police condemns all forms of animal abuse and will hold the suspect accountable for his actions,” a police statement read.