SPCA appealing for info after trainers caught mishandling dogs during photo-taking session

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is appealing for information on a dog training company after its trainers were caught on video mishandling dogs during a photo-taking session.

Several Stompers alerted Stomp to a video of the incident that was posted by Instagram user @monkey_bear2 on Jan 15.

The Instagram user called out Xavian and Pack in the post and said: "How can you manhandle poor furkids for a photo-op?!?!! Shame on you."

In the video, two trainers are seen roughly handling the dogs to get them to sit.

Xavian and Pack's founder, Xavian, addressed the video in a statement posted on Instagram Stories on Jan 15.

He said the video 'displayed disgustingly inappropriate behaviour towards the fur kids'.

He added that as a 'dog parent' himself, he would not want his dogs treated that way.

He clarified that he was not in the video and said the staff in the video have been suspended with immediate effect and 'will not be part of Xavian and Pack'.

The SPCA addressed the incident in a statement on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

"Just like us, animals experience pain and distress," the SPCA said.

"We appeal to pet owners to only use humane, science-based and force-free training methods.

"Positive reinforcement helps nurture a loving, enriching relationship with our pets.

"Pet owners and trainers must refrain from using violence or intimidation.

"Hitting, hurting, or threatening animals can cause increased fear and anxiety, that could result in long-term health and behavioural issues."

The SPCA urged those who have had negative experiences with the training provider in the video to contact them so that they can further investigate the matter.

Under the Animals and Birds Act, anyone who is found guilty of cruelty to animals can be imprisoned for up to 18 months and/or fined up to $15,000.

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Posted by SPCA Singapore on Monday, January 15, 2024