The Florida woman, 26, was arrested after she was caught on a video dog and hung on his leash & # 39;
A woman from Florida was arrested after being caught in a video that abused her leashed dog while walking through a parking lot.
Michelle Sieber, 26, from Tarpon Springs, Florida, was arrested Friday and accused of animal abuse after passer-by Vincent Minutello kicked her dog and tugged him so hard that the poor animal struggled to stand on its hind legs.
The video was recorded on Friday at approximately 10.45 am in a parking lot in Tarpon Springs. Minutello had just dropped off his girlfriend, who worked in the neighborhood, when he saw that Sieber was abusing the dog, according to Fox 35.
A passerby was recorded on video the moment Michelle Sieber (26) kicked her pet Australian Cattle Dog and choked & # 39; while she was walking through a parking lot
The dog sat down and refused to move forward, at which point Sieber pulled his leash
In the video that Minutello shot from the driver's seat of his car, you can see Sieber and the dog walking through a parking lot to a camper. The dog seems to behave well and even wag its tail.
After a few steps, Sieber kicks the dog for an unclear reason. She then pulls the dog's leash and shortens it by wrapping it around her wrist, after which the dog takes a sitting position.
She then starts walking to the camper, but the dog starts resisting by refusing to walk ahead. Eventually she is able to get the dog moving again and everything seems to be fine, until the dog tries to jump on the bumper of the camper.
That is the moment when Sieber is pulled so hard on the dog's leash that the dog is lifted off its front legs and seems to suffocate.
The passer-by reported the incident to the police, who could identify Sieber (photo) and track her down. She would have told the police that she was training the dog
Sieber is confronted with a district of animal abuse against a domestic dog and is being held to a $ 5,000 bond. The two dogs she lived with are now in custody under control of animals
Sieber had posted photos of her dogs on social media and identified the dog that was seen in the video (in the red collar) as an Australian cattle dog
The dog from the video (in red collar) and a labradoodle are depicted in a motor home
Sieber sees her jerking so hard on the dog's leash that it is lifted off his front paws and seems to suffocate at some point
Sieber has shared many photos of herself with different dogs on social media
Minutello, still recording, then drives behind the camper to talk to Sieber.
& # 39; Hey, can you please take it easy with that dog? & # 39; You hear Minutello say to Sieber.
& # 39; You want him? & # 39; Sieber answers.
& # 39; No, but you can't do what you do & # 39 ;, says Minutello.
& # 39; Pull his collar? & # 39; she asks.
& # 39; You choke him, you hang up your dog. & # 39;
Sieber then says that if the dog stays, he will not pull on his collar, that's what his collars are for. Minutello says that she should have the dog adopted and she says that this has already happened.
Minutello posted the video to Facebook that morning and asked friends in the neighborhood to tell him to call the police when they saw Sieber's van, and wondered who to call to report animal abuse. He then updated the post, which had become viral, noting that he had submitted a police report on the incident.
The police were able to identify Sieber and arrested her that afternoon in nearby Clearwater, Florida. She was booked in Pinellas County Jail at about 9.30 pm on a count of cruelty to animals on a domestic dog.
Her statement of arrest, obtained by IONTB.com stated that she had told the police & # 39; that she was training the dog and therefore the choke collar was on. & # 39;
Police also said Minutello Sieber's girlfriend had seen the dog in the video treat the same way the night before the video was made.
According to the girlfriend & # 39; threw & # 39; Sieber the dog & # 39; sideways & # 39; until it hit her camper, where she would live with two dogs.
The police said that the dog in the video is okay and that, like the other Sieber's dog, it is cared for by animal control.
In recent months, Sieber has posted a number of photos of the dog from the video on social media, in which he is identified as an Australian cattle dog. She has also posted photos of her pet labradoodle, Anatolian Shepherd, Great Dane and Chihuahua, as well as photos of a cat and a big belly.
Prison records show that Sieber is being held on a $ 5,000 bond pending trial.
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