RSPCA confirm Sydney woman was trying to help dog, not suffocate it

UPDATE @ February 8, 1.45pm: IT’S been revealed that a woman filmed ‘appearing to suffocate her dog with a plastic bag’ on a Sydney street was actually attempting to remove part of a dead possum from the animal’s mouth.

RSPCA NSW appealed for help to track down the woman on Tuesday after video footage of the incident in Clontarf was posted online.

The animal rescue organisation confirmed in a statement the following day that their inspectors had spoken with the dog’s owner and cleared her of any wrongdoing.


“An RSPCA NSW Inspector has examined the dog, and spoken with the owner regarding the incident that was captured on video,” the statement reads.

“The owner explained that at the time of the recording she was walking her dog, when it picked up part of a dead possum, and started to eat it.

“Not wanting to touch the dead possum she used a dog waste bag to try and get the possum out of the dog’s mouth.

“RSPCA NSW Inspectors went to the scene and found the remains of a dead possum.

“RSPCA NSW has now completed its enquiries and confirms that no offences have been committed.”

EARLIER @ February 6, 3.00pm: The RSPCA is desperately appealing for help after video emerged of a woman ‘appearing to suffocate her dog’ with a plastic bag on a Sydney street.

According to the animal rescue organisation, the incident is alleged to have happened in Clontarf about 7.30pm on Monday.

The video was posted to the RSPCA NSW Facebook page only a few hours ago and has already gone viral with more than 67,000 views and hundreds of comments.

It’s suspected the woman in the video may live locally, with RSPCA investigators urging anyone who may recognise her to contact the animal cruelty hotline on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) or online here.