Woman charged with torture after video surfaces of her punching, stomping, slapping dog

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor

HUMBLE, Texas - A 27-year-old woman has been charged with cruelty and torture to an animal after she repeatedly beat a dog in November, according to court documents.

Court records indicate the incident was captured on camera.

Sade Francis is accused of abusing a dog at an apartment complex in the 7200 block of Foxbrick Lane in Humble on Nov. 16.

In the video, which was sent to an investigator for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Francis is seen punching, stomping and slapping the dog, according to court records.

The video shows Francis pick up an unknown object and walk to the apartment patio, near the dog.

Francis stomped the dog twice, according to court records. The dog cried out during each stomp.

She then grabbed the dog's collar and dragged it to the corner of the patio, pushed the dog's head down and slapped it four times, court documents said. The dog tucked its tail between its legs and cowered away to the other side of the patio.

Francis then walked towards the dog and punched it in the chest/abdomen area with a closed fist multiple times, according to court documents. She then slapped the dog in the face again. The dog cries out each time it is struck, according to the documents.

The brown and white pit bull mix was taken from the apartment by authorities. The dog was taken to the Houston SPCA for housing, evaluation and treatment, according to court records.

The medical evaluation revealed the dog had a body condition score of five out of nine, according to court records. In the vet's notes, the dog appeared to have "suffered bruising to the left elbow region and chest region." The vet also said the dog's body language showed signs of anxiety and vocalization was indicative of pain.

When asked if she had seen the video, Francis said she had, but "the videos made the situation appear worse than it actually was," according to court documents.

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