The woman in the video claimed the dog attacked her child.
update 10/15/2020 1:40 PM
The dog has been found!
Houston SPCA confirmed on Thursday afternoon the puppy had been located, safe and sound.
"Houston SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigators as well as the Houston Police Department passed out fliers and offered a $500 reward for the missing dog - he is now safe at the Houston SPCA," a spokesperson said.
The woman who found him wandering the street was completely unaware of the situation, and took him in because he looked frightened and hungry.
"He was just so scared and timid, we just showed him enough love and affection so he'd be comfortable with us," said the mom, whose son has since christened him Max.
"The whole situation is very wicked, I'm very upset about it. He's such a beautiful dog, he's so sweet and so friendly, he didn't deserve that at all. So I hope you guys do catch the criminals who did that to Max, that's horrible."
"But wherever he's going, he's going to be okay."
original story 10/15/2020 10:03 AM
A Houston woman who was filmed beating a terrified puppy has claimed it was in self-defense.
The disturbing video racked up tens of thousands of views on Facebook after it was posted by an animal welfare non-profit group.
The California-based Kris Kelly Foundation also posted the woman's name, email address, workplace and social media information, and even an incorrect home address.
But the woman told Click2Houston that the dog had attacked her five year-old-son, and that she was now receiving death threats because of the doxxing.
The 40-second clip shows the puppy in the front passenger seat of a car, before a woman leans in and viscously kicks it; as the dog yelps in pain she continues to slap and beat it with both hands.
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The pup cowers in the footwell of the car while a crowd can be heard laughing and jeering; the terrified animal scrambles to escape to the back of the car, before another person enters the frame and attempts to punch it a number of times with a closed fist.
The woman, identified as Jay, told the site that her son Jace ran up to her crying, followed by a dog she had never seen before.
"He fell," she said. "When he fell, the dog jumped on top of him."
She said she moved the dog, but it "came back again and scratched Jace behind the ear."