'I was shocked to see the way they were treated' says owner of dog featured in video investigated by RSPCA

The owner of a dog filmed in a recent video now being investigated by the RSPCA has spoken out about how it left her and her partner 'heartbroken'.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 12:31 pm

Numerous readers contacted the Post to say they were unhappy with the way several dogs were apparently handled in a video posted to Facebook last week.

In the video, a number of dogs appear to be attached by their leads to a parked car, which says 'The Paws Pack' on the back windscreen, before being put into the boot by a woman.

Upset Facebook users who shared the video online said they were concerned that the dogs were not being treated with due care.

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German shepherd Loki was one of the dogs featured in the video

The Post was unable to contact the person who posted the original video, to confirm where and when it was recorded, but it is thought to be in Preston.

Hannah Rodgers, the owner of the German Shepherd, one of the dogs on the clip, said it was "heartbreaking" to see the video.

She claims that the video was filmed last Wednesday, March 17, when her puppy Loki was first taken on a social training walk with other dogs.

She exclusively told the Post: "In the video you can see our puppy, who is only five months old, being picked up quite roughly by the middle of his waist and pushed into the back of the car. When he walks forward she pushes him by his neck.

Hannah said she is 'heartbroken' after watching the video which is being investigated by the RSPCA

"Watching it really raised some concerns over the way the dogs are treated in the care of the company. I got home on Thursday and saw the video and was absolutely heartbroken. We put all our trust into these people and to see our puppy in this video being thrown into the back of the car has broken our hearts."

Due to work clashes with partner Mark, Hannah says she had been letting 'The Paws Pack' walk her puppy Loki for months and let him go for his first social training walk with other dogs she says she was told were 'calm and sociable'.

The company were given access to their Preston home to pick up the German Shepherd puppy often multiple times a week.

Hannah added: "I was shocked to see the way the dogs were treated on the video because they had been coming in and out of our home when nobody was there and always kept us up to date throughout the day.

German shepherd Loki can be seen in the boot of the car in the video

"It can't be excused and we haven't even been contacted by the company or given an apology for the way our dog was treated."

On Friday, March 19, the animal charity the RSPCA confirmed they had been made aware of the three-minute recording.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "We are aware of this and would urge anyone with first-hand information to please contact us on our helpline on 0300 1234 999."

When the Post contacted the owner of the business, they declined to comment and their online pages were unavailable.

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