Warning: The following video contains scenes of animal cruelty that some viewers may find upsetting.
The disturbing video starts with the above warning, and then opens to an adorable Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy that appears to be sleeping. Its paws and belly stick up in the air while it rests between the legs of a faceless person. At first glance, you might think the whole scene is quite cute. That is until you take a closer look and actually see what’s happening.
The person in the video has put a cigarette in the sleeping pooch’s mouth, and while it naps they light the cigarette. From the video, you can see that the smoke bothers the dog because as it inhales it twitches in its sleep as if fighting some unknown presence.
The dog’s owners Rattiyakorn Prangthong and her partner Tango thought the whole thing was good clean fun, and posted the video to social media. The rest of the internet, however, didn’t think it was so funny.
Netizens were furious at the couple’s blatant disregard for their animal’s health and welfare and now are demanding that the authorities in Bangkok, Thailand —where the video was filmed — seize the pup so it can go to a better home.
Rattiyakorn and Tango have since apologized but that isn’t enough. Any pet owner should have known that what they did was animal cruelty. Being a pet owner is a privilege and it’s not for everyone. Some people aren’t interested in the extra commitment, others aren’t cut out for it and still, others squander their chance by abusing the animals that trust them with their care.
That’s just what this pair did. Sign the petition and ask the Bangkok authorities to take away the abused puppy.