The video, which was viewed over 150,000 times before being deleted Friday morning, showed Deedra Hager hitting a dog with a plastic bat as a form of punishment.
Regardless of whether it falls under the legal definition of animal abuse or not, a smart business owner would not get on TV and behave so snotty. Deedra Hager's smirking face is irritating.
The family who owns the business, says that this is a common practice.
"The correction method that we use is a 2-tap on the butt and a redirect. We use a plastic, hollow wiffle ball bat that was rated to be used with children ages two to five," says Christina Thornhill, manager of the Salon. "The employee didn't do anything wrong.. she did her job. She stopped what could have been a fatal fight."
The video was shot from the window of a neighboring business, and on Friday, 47 ABC reached out to the woman who shot and posted the video, but her and her place of employment declined to comment.
Um, no. I doubt that. Likely they couldn't prove that the dog being beaten suffered any physical injuries, which is typically required for a cruelty charge. Just because your babysitter doesn't leave bruises on your kid doesn't mean your kid isn't being abused by him/her.
Since the video went up, the family says they've received death threats and negative comments, making them worry about the future of their business.
"My fear is that whenever someone wants to Google us, Yelp us, Facebook us (reviews), it just pops up animal abusers with no just cause, says Thornhill. "If you have walked through our doors, and met our animals they're happy."
47ABC reached out to multiple pet trainers around the region trainers in the region to see if this method of training was common practice and all declined to comment on the matter as well.
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(WMDT - July 21, 2017)