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Woman filmed ‘beating dogs with spades’ triggers RSPCA investigation

A shocking video that appears to show barking dogs being hit with a spade has been sent to police and the RSPCA.

The incident was allegedly filmed at 10am in Buckfastleigh, Devon, on Saturday, October 17, Devon Live reports.

In the chaotic video, at least six dogs yap loudly in a back garden while a woman in a white dressing gown appears to be trying to separate bigger Labrador dogs and a small terrier.

She is wielding a spade and neighbours accused her of using it as a weapon against the dogs.

A second person, wearing boxer shorts, appears and grabs a small dog by the scruff of the neck and walks towards the house with the mutt in his hand.

The neighbours recording can be heard trying to intervene, with one bawling over the din: "Why are you bashing your dog with a spade?"

Polie and the RSPCA attended on the same afternoon.

The footage has been widely shared on social media and provoked a strong backlash against the unidentified woman.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "We are aware of this and are looking into it."

Neighbours later told Devon Live that between 20 and 25 households who live nearby have been contacting their local councillors, MP, housing association, police and the RSPCA.

One said: "We have got to make sure these animals are safe."

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman told the title: "Police attended an address in Buckfastleigh with the RSPCA following a report of concern for the welfare of dogs in the property."

It is not clear if police are still investigating the incident.

Daily Star Online has approached the RSPCA and Devon and Cornwall Police for comment.

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