WINNIPEG – A disturbing video of animal cruelty may have a happier ending than expected.
Asha, the German Shepherd pup who was seen in the video being thrown in the air, landing hard on the ground is recovering nicely according to the vets.
The video posted on social media led to the arrest of 18-year-old Jesse Young from Easterville, Manitoba, about 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg. He was charged with causing unnecessary pain and injury to a dog.
Dr. Corey Bartley, a vet at Dakota Veterinary Hospital tells 680 CJOB it looks like there aren’t any broken bones.
“She does have some soft tissue injuries,” says Bartley. “She’s definitely sore and there’s probably quite a bit of bruising. She definitely has some injuries but there’s nothing that looks like any major fractures for her so that’s really good news.”
Desiree Klippenstein with Manitoba Underdogs Rescue tells 680 CJOB they got involved right away, naming the pup Asha.
After fears she might be paralyzed because she wasn’t standing or walking, she surprised them all by standing.
“She’s in good spirits. She is in some pain. She has control over her bladder, which is great. She can stand but she can’t walk.”
The pup was brought to Winnipeg Animal Emergency Hospital overnight for treatment.
Klippenstein says as disturbing as the video of the incident is, she thinks people needed to see it.
“I think it’s important to see what’s happening out there and to know that things are being done and people can’t get away with this kind of thing anymore,” she said.