It Turns Out The Woman Alleged To Be 'Suffocating' Her Dog Was Just Trying To Get A Dead Possum Out Of Its Mouth

RSPCA confirm

It Turns Out The Woman Alleged To Be 'Suffocating' Her Dog Was Just Trying To Get A Dead Possum Out Of Its Mouth RSPCA

The RSPCA has issued a statement following footage released yesterday which appeared to show a woman attempting to 'suffocate' her dog in Clontarf, near Balgowlah.

A representative from the RSPCA has said that a RSPCA NSW Inspector has examined the dog and spoken with the owner.

The owner has said that at the time of the footage, she was walking her dog when it picked up part of a dead possum and was trying to eat it.

She did not want to touch the possum, so she used a dog waste bag to try to get the possum out of the dog's mouth.

Inspectors went to the scene and found some remains of a dead possum.

Inquiries are now complete, and it has been determined that no offences have been committed.

The RSPCA has also stated that they "strongly condemn" people taking matters into their own hands.

"It is never acceptable for members of the public to threaten and harass a person the subject of our investigations, someone who has assisted us with our enquiries and who is as glad as we are that the dog is safe and happy," the statement said.

RSPCA investigations have continued following yesterday’s request for information. An RSPCA NSW Inspector has examined the dog, and spoken with the owner regarding the incident that was captured on video. The owner explained that at the time of the recording she was walking her dog, when it picked up part of a dead possum, and started to eat it. Not wanting to touch the dead possum she used a dog waste bag to try and get the possum out of the dog’s mouth. RSPCA NSW Inspectors went to the scene and found the remains of a dead possum. RSPCA NSW has now completed its enquiries and confirms that no offences have been committed. Animal welfare is our highest priority, and we are committed to taking every complaint of alleged cruelty seriously. We extend our thanks to everyone who assisted the investigation, including the informant, who captured footage that showed potential animal cruelty and reporting it to us so that we could investigate. In this instance, though, we strongly condemn those who have tried to take justice into their own hands. It is never acceptable for members of the public to threaten and harass a person the subject of our investigations, someone who has assisted us with our enquiries and who is as glad as we are that the dog is safe and happy.

- RSPCA NSW

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