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Woman charged after viral video of alleged dog mistreatment –

A Dartmouth woman is facing charges of assault with a weapon and willfully causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after a video went viral last week.

Halifax Regional Police were called to Windmill Road at around 5:30 p.m. on July 1 after getting a report of a fight between four women.

According to a news release from police over the weekend, it started when two of the women confronted the other pair after being cut off in a drive-thru.

At the time, none of them wanted to pursue charges.

Officers were told a dog was involved in the incident, but “the extent was not clear at the time.” There were two dogs in one of the vehicles and both seemed to be okay.

However, after a video of the incident circulated on social media, police launched an investigation.

The video appears to show a woman swinging a small dog by its leash at another woman.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, police arrested 27-year-old Clarissa Angela Crawley.

She’s scheduled to appear in court today.

Investigators are still looking for witnesses.

“Given the time of day and location, we do believe there were other people in the area at the time,” said Cst. John MacLeod. 

“If we haven’t spoken with them, we’re hoping they will come forward and let us know what information we have in case it’s viable to the case.”

Police can be contacted by calling 902-490-5020 and anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers.

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