Dog training centre K9 Connection under investigation after viral dog abuse video

The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) is investigating a case of animal abuse that happened at dog training and daycare centre K9 Connection after a viral video showed a dog being mistreated at the centre.

In response to media queries, AVS said on Thursday (July 14) that they are aware of the footage and do not condone the mistreatment of animals.

AVS has also suspended K9 Connection from its list of accredited dog trainers since March 25.

Stomp earlier reported on the viral clip that showed a man repeatedly hitting a dog with a metal food bowl and metal rod while the animal cowered in a corner and bared its teeth at him.

He was also heard hurling vulgarities at the dog and threatening it: "Tonight you make a single noise you see what will happen to you."

In a Stomp search on Friday (July 15), K9 Connection has taken down its website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Its social media pages were still up on Thursday (July 14).

When Lianhe Zaobao contacted K9 Connection, the person who answered the phone said the case was under investigation and declined to comment further.

In response to a Stomp query, Ms Aarthi Sankar, executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said the organisation is assisting in investigations.

She said the actions portrayed in the video are "both abusive towards animals and insensitive towards humans".