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Police remove dog after video appears to show animal abuse

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jul 11, 2017

Police removed a dog from a Detroit home after video appeared to show that the animal was being abused. 

Officers removed the dog shortly after 7 Action News aired the story of alleged animal cruelty.

Concerned citizens gave 7 Action News videos that appeared to show the dog being hit with fists and a hose.

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7 Action News alerted The Michigan Humane Society and Detroit Animal Care & Control so that action could be taken if investigators determined that the dog was in danger.

7 Action News reporter Kimberly Craig talked with the owners of the 8-month-old pit bull. We are now waiting to find out what action, if any, will be taken against the owners, and find out what will happen to the dog.

In one of the videos, Brandy Byrd says it's her 8-year-old son. He appears to hit the dog a couple times and then kick her. But Byrd says her son would never abuse an animal.

Tipsters, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, took the video because they say the dog is abused on a regular basis. They say adults and children have hit the dog.

"This is the type of behavior that will precede a bite," says Kristina Rinaldi, Executive Director for Detroit Dog Rescue.