This is the shocking moment a tiny Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy was forced to smoke a cigarette by its giggling owners.
The footage, which has caused outrage online, filmed the sleeping pup as he lay on his back in a woman’s lap.
Rattiyakorn Prangthong and her partner Tango then appeared to place a cigarette between the puppy’s lips and light it.
Both women can be heard laughing in the background as the tiny pup inhaled and twitched in his sleep.
One of the two then attempted to light the cigarette again when it went out – this time the puppy moving more frantically as he attempted to breathe.
His owner then began poking and shaking the puppy to awaken him as the cigarette hung on his lips.
The video sparked outrage as people called for authorities to check on the welfare of the puppy at the couple’s home in Bangkok, Thailand, the Mirror reported.
Ton Sompong Kwang Supawan said: ‘This is a stupid thing to do. If you have a puppy you have to take care of it, not use it like a silly toy to make jokes with.’
Ms Prangthong has since responded to the criticism, claiming that the tiny puppy is perfectly healthy.
She said: ‘We haven’t been cruel towards the dog. We have taken good care of him and he is healthy.
‘We are dog lovers. I understand that everybody loves animals and wants to make sure he is not hurt. I’m sorry to all the people who have dogs, too.’
SOURCE: DailyMail, by FAITH RIDLER