Oshkosh puppies safe after viral video backlash

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) — Many people have called and emailed Action 2 News about a viral video of a young girl in Oshkosh, appearing to be playing roughly with puppies in a way that could have harmed them.

Melvin Street Oshkosh Puppies

Oshkosh police say the dogs are no longer at that home and were not harmed.

The incident happened on Thursday.

Video captured by a man, who works near the home, shows the 5-year-old girl swinging the puppies around, patting their stomachs in a rough way and flipping them upside down and shaking them.

For the safety of the family after public backlash, we are not sharing the video or the address of where this incident happened.

“To me it’s just ridiculous, the slander the things they said, it’s ridiculous,” said the mother of the 5-year-old girl. She did not want to be identified.

“I did talk to her [her daughter] and I told her that’s something you don’t do. You don’t roughhouse a puppy, you could have really hurt this puppy, you don’t do that. I asked her why she was doing that, and she said, ‘I wasn’t trying to hurt the puppy, I was just playing’ and I said you can’t play like that.”

We also caught up with the man who captured the video, Justin Sosnoski.

“I thought I would get 15 comments on it because I have like 150 friends, but I did make it public so a couple people could share that who are friends of mine. But, I just wanted someone to go to the police sooner,” said Sosnoski.

Oshkosh Police say seven of the puppies have been seen by a local veterinarian and the veterinarian didn’t discover any physical injuries to the puppies.

Authorities say one puppy had been sold to a citizen in the Milwaukee area.

Authorities also say those puppies are back with their owners in Milwaukee and are not with the family in Oshkosh.

“They are not my puppies, they are my brother’s puppies,” said the girl’s mother. They had families visiting for the 4th of July who brought the puppies with them.

Since the incident, people on social media have made threats to the family, the little girl and even Sosnoski for taking the video.

“There’s a lot of backlash on the little girl, I don’t’ even agree with that,” said Sosnoski.

The child’s mom wishes Sosnoski would’ve said something instead of creating a viral video.

“You could have easily came and knocked at this door and said ‘hey, something is going on, your attention is needed here….but you did not do that. You want to put stuff on social media and cause a ruckus…so who is really the monster?” said the 5-year-old’s mother.

Sosnoski says he was at work at the time the video was taken.

Oshkosh Police visited the girl and her family and gave them resource to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.





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