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Alleged dog abuse in Dansville

Dansville, N.Y. - A disturbing video is spreading on social media.

The video shows a young child hanging a dog by its leash on a swing set.

Neighbors tell us that while this video may have recently circulated, this behavior was first noticed in May.

But the Livingston County Sheriff's Office tells 13WHAM News they have no record of a report like this at their 911 center.

The video was taken by a neighbor in hopes of getting help for the dog.

The dog was removed from the home Tuesday.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office said the boy is an eight year old special needs student.

One neighbor we spoke with says she doesn't believe the child was aware of his actions and hopes he can get some help.

I'm glad that the dog was removed for its own safety but I think the child needs some sort of counseling, said a neighbor who didnt want to be identified.

Honestly I feel sympathy for the mother, I'm sure she didnt know what was going on at all. Just a tough time I guess. The kid needs some help.

Livingston County Sheriff, Tom Dougherty said there could be charges.

Investigators are looking to see who was watching the child at the time.

13WHAM News did speak with the childs father.
He told us he had no comment at this time.

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