UPDATE: The woman seen on a Toronto subway hitting a dog has now been charged
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIOLENCE TOWARDS AN ANIMAL. DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
It was Friday afternoon when passengers saw the incident on the transit system, and caught it on video. In the video posted on YouTube, a woman appears to hit, pull and bite a small dog sitting on her lap on a subway train.
Police say they were called to St. George Station on Friday afternoon for a report of a dog being abused. Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says police interviewed a woman and witnesses and ultimately issued her a warning, saying it was all they could do because the dog appeared to be unhurt.
The video surfaced later and shows a passenger approaching the woman and telling her to stop abusing the dog as the woman hurls expletives at the man. Police say after seeing the video they notified the OSPCA, which opened an investigation.
On Tuesday NEWSTALK 1010 told you the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had taken the dog away from the woman and taken over the case. It was also reported that charges could be coming.
Now it's official.
The woman has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering and one count of causing distress to an animal.
The 37 year-old from Toronto has a court date set for October 11.