FAIRFIELD, CA -- A shocking surveillance video of a woman throwing her dog in Fairfield has gone viral and prompted authorities to investigate. Now the Humane Animal Services of Solano County and the Fairfield Police Department are looking for the dog and her owner.
The video originally posted on Facebook has already gotten almost 40,000 views. Sergeant Michael Ramirez with Solano's Humane Animal Services told FOX40 his agency knows who the woman throwing the pug is. Brandi Chin is the suspect authorities are trying to find and believe has abused this dog before.
"We are currently looking for her at this time. She is, from what I understand, hiding from us," Ramirez told FOX40. "She was recently seen walking down a business district in Fairfield, and she apparently had the dog by the tail and she was swinging it around."
At the home the surveillance video was shot, near Texas and Pennsylvania Streets in Fairfield, the woman living there, Candy Seward, told FOX40 her roommate is Chin's boyfriend.
Seward said the pug, named Ben, was hurt in a heated argument between the couple.
"She got in a fight with her boyfriend, and she got upset and she... I don't know took the dog," Seward said.
Seward told FOX40 she and others in the video wanted to take Ben from Chin, but she stormed off with the pug before anyone could. Seward agrees Ben needs to be taken from Chin.
"I think that she should be punished and maybe someone should talk to her about animal cruelty," Seward said.
Ramirez believes Chin is hiding in the Vallejo area, and hopes people who know where she and Ben are will help end the dog's torture.
"We are looking to file animal cruelty charges against her and have this dog removed from her," Ramirez said. "Because the dog doesn't deserve that."