The video has been swirling around Facebook. Tina Lane reposted the video after someone sent it to her. She told FOX 5 Monday, the video is disheartening.
"I can't imagine the mentality or heartlessness of someone who would beat on a dog," Lane said.
A sheriff's deputy responded to an animal cruelty report on March 11, just after noon. The complainant, Vera Fowler, told authorities she was notified of a video online showing that her daughter, Alyssa Renae Duvall, 19, hit a dog with a frying pan.
"I was appalled, sickened and teary-eyed for that poor dog in her care," Lane said.
|Inside this normal American house, police say|
Alyssa Duvall beat her dog with a skillet
Duvall was charged with a misdemeanor account of cruelty to animals, according to police. Fowler was not home at the time of the incident, but a witness was, according to the deputy's report.
According to police, the witness Marissa Shaye Cannon told the deputy that Duvall did hit the dog with a frying pan after it urinated on the floor and bit Duvall [I'm sure it only bit her because she was abusing it. In the video, the dog is cowering in the corner of the room where it ran to get away from her. If it were vicious, it would have killed her].
"There's never an excuse for that sort of violence," Lane said.
Authorities have obtained a copy of video, which is going viral online, and took photos of the dog as evidence in the case.
Lane said she is disappointed Duvall was only charged with a misdemeanor. She said she hopes the Gordon County District Attorney's Office prosecutes Duvall to the fullest extent of the law.
"I was under the impression that Georgia was pushing for stronger animal violence, animal abuse laws and punishment," Lane said.
Neighbors now wonder if Duvall will be allowed to keep the pet.
"It’s the same as hitting a kid or an elderly person -- it can’t defend itself," Ranow said. "The sad part is that it will go right back and love her again because pets are loyal. That's what they do."
For now, the dog remains with Gordon County Animal Services.
Duvall was given a $1,000 bond. After paying the standard 10% ($100) she was released from jail.
|Alyssa pretending to be 27 on MeetMe.|
(Fox5Atlanta - March 22, 2017)