The owner of the dog, named Teo, went to pick the animal up from the vet’s office, but he said it wasn’t in good health, reported El Heraldo.
“Teo was down, his eyes were lost, he could not move or walk, he did not react and he drooled a lot,” she said.
“They told me that he had vomited, but that they took the temperature and everything was fine and that I did not worry about anything, but if Teo got worse it would bring him back,” she told the news outlet.
El hecho se registró en la Veterinaria El Country donde una mascota resultó en “grave estado de salud”.
She then took the animal “to another veterinary clinic to see what he had and they started treating him” as if the dog was sedated, the owner said.
But the vet’s didn’t mention the “possibility that he had fallen” or that they “hit him on the head,” the owner said.
The Daily Mail published footage of the incident, showing the vet’s assistant speaking with a colleague as he then grooms the dog.
After that, he suddenly hits the Shih Tzu with both hands as the dog lies motionless on the counter. The assistant then tries to revive the animal with CPR.
At the end of the video, three people are seen trying to revive the small dog.
Vet’s assistant knocked out Shih Tzu then performed CPR to resuscitate it https://t.co/PTvTclYkiQ
— Metro (@MetroUK) February 12, 2019
When the animal seemed off to its owner, she contacted local police, who then revealed the worker hit the dog.
She then uploaded the footage online after calling the police.
The owner of the clinic has since apologized over the incident and fired the worker, the Mail reported.
In an apology statement to El Heraldo, the vet’s office said that “we are against all types of animal abuse and even more so in our facilities.”
“This situation teaches us that we must implement more rigorous protocols” for its staff, the firm added.
The owner said Teo is now getting medical attention at another animal welfare center.
“His state of health is stable and he is being treated. It is improving slowly,” she said.
The incident occurred at a clinic in Barranquilla located in northwestern Colombia.
The video can be seen here (Warning: disturbing):
Sucedio en la VETERINARIA DEL COUNTRY en Barranquilla, difundan el mensaje no lleven a sus mascotas a estos lugares preferiblemente pidan veterinarios a domicilio. pic.twitter.com/Qh92nceqSI
— pipe (@Pipeguzman96) February 7, 2019
In the United States, there are a number of ways to report suspected animal abuse cases.
The best way is reporting suspected cruelty to local law enforcement agencies, humane organizations, animal control, or an animal shelter.
“A concise, written, factual statement of what you observed—giving dates and approximate times whenever possible—to provide to law enforcement,” says the ASPCA on its website.
“If you can, provide law enforcement with the names and contact information of other people who have firsthand information about the abusive situation,” the website says. “It is possible to file an anonymous report, but please consider providing your information. The case is more likely to be pursued when there are credible witnesses willing to stand behind the report and, if necessary, testify in court.”