Amanda and Bryce Horton were horrified when they logged on to their home security camera to see their pet sitter throwing their 10-week-old puppy Lucy to the ground. “She is such a little puppy, but not only does she throw her but after she throws her, she stands, like, 'What are you going to do now?'” Amanda told Inside Edition. Feeling helpless 90 miles from their home in Victorville, California, the couple raced home as fast as they could, but not before telling the sitter to get out of their home immediately!
In an interview with KTLA, Bryce Horton says the camera also works as a speaker system. “I saw it on the camera live, she was still standing there. That’s when I talked to her through the camera, told her, ‘Hey, I saw what you did to the dog. You need to get your stuff and get out of the house,'” Bryce told the station.
The sitter was hired through the popular dog sitter company Rover. They released a statement about the incident, saying, “The activity depicted in this video is shocking and appalling. We have permanently deactivated this sitter from our platform and will continue to investigate. Any incident of this nature is extremely rare on our platform, and we take it very seriously." The company has also offered to pay for any vet bills for Lucy.
San Bernardino County Animal Control has launched an investigation into the abuse.