“The dog is in our care and charges are pending,” Alison Cross, Ontario SPCA communications director, told the Toronto Sun on Monday.
In the video, shot Friday afternoon on a train at St. George station, a woman appears to bite the dog, hit it, and violently yank its leash.
Toronto Police were called and the dog was originally left in the care of the woman.
"the dog was returned to the owner by the police as the police had no grounds to remove the dog from the owner under the law. If the dog is not in immediate distress, ... they wouldn’t have grounds to keep it," Cross said Sunday.
But once police saw the video filmed by a TTC passenger, they immediately brought in the OSPCA. Sources say it took a day, but once the woman was located the dog was removed from her custody immediately.
“I just can’t believe anybody would treat a dog like that,” said dog lover Don Cherry. “I am so glad the Sun is on this story because that poor, innocent dog deserved better.”