The footage, which has gone viral on Facebook, appears to show the owner slamming the dog’s head against a wall. A neighbor contacted police and a dog rescue organization, the Detroit Pit Crew.
While the neighbor, Tim England, was recording the owner allegedly slamming the dog, a 98-pound Mastiff named Meatball, into a brick wall, his wife called the Eastpointe Police Department.
Here is the viral Facebook video (WARNING: It may be disturbing to some viewers):
“He used the back of his first to hit the dog. He went inside and pushed the dog on the ground, kicked the dog in the face, pushed him back on the ground kicked him again, went inside and came back out. That’s when he started pushing him against the house,” England told FOX2Detroit.
The Detroit Pit Crew said they were able to secure a warrant and retrieve the dog, WXYZ-TV reported.
It’s not clear if the owner will be charged with any crime.
The group posted an update on Facebook, showing the dog in good spirits after the rescue.
“Then we got a million messages and a million phone calls and everybody started we did ask that people contact the Eastpointe Police Department to find out the status and ask why they were not doing anything about this,” the Detroit Pit Crew’s Theresa Sumpter said.