LISBON, Portugal — Goncalo Carter, 19, thought it would be amusing to record himself abusing his puppy but his antics have backfired, as he is now receiving death threats over the footage. The video shows Carter choking, slapping and dangling his dog Ruka from his window in a twisted stunt. After posting the video to Facebook, it was met with immediate backlash from the public.
Some animal lovers have even launched a petition asking for, ““justice for Goncalo Carter’s dog.” The petition, which refers to Carter as an animal abuser has so far been signed over 20, 000 times. Carter has since removed the video from his Facebook page but has posted a number of comments claiming that,“It was a joke, to test peoples’ reactions.” He also revealed, “I adopted him a month ago and I’ve made several videos playing with him.” Yet it seems that Carter is the only one who thinks the video is amusing in any way, as he has received numerous death threats over it and now says that he is panicking.
It appears that this isn’t the first time that Carter has displayed sadistic behaviour towards animals. The newspaper Correio da Manha, has also identified Carter as the same person who recorded himself kicking and jumping on a dead pigeon back in January. Carter posted an apology video, which has since been taken down, where he said, “I made a stupid video but I don’t deserve to receive death threats because you’re fine and healthier than many other animals out there. I love you Ruka.” Watch the gut wrenching footage below.