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Quebec City woman arrested in suspected case of animal cruelty

Quebec City police opened an investigation after receiving complaints related to the case. Two dogs and a cat found at the woman's home are now being cared for by Les Fidèles Moustachus, a pet refuge centre.

The acts were broadcast in a video posted to social media, police say

A woman in her 20s was released on a promise to appear after being arrested in relation to a suspected case of animal cruelty. (Carl Boivin/Radio-Canada)

A Quebec City woman was arrested Thursday night after allegedly committing acts of animal cruelty and broadcasting them online.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was arrested at her home on Duval Street in the Limoilou neighborhood. She was released on a promise to appear.

The video, which was posted to Facebook, shows someone grabbing a dog from a cage by the scruff of its neck. The person then throws the animal across the room.

Quebec City police opened an investigation after receiving complaints related to the case. 

Const. Cyndi Paré wouldn't give details about what led to the woman's arrest, but she said police at the scene had reason to believe she engaged in bestiality as well as animal cruelty.

Two dogs and a cat found at the woman's home are now being cared for by Les Fidèles Moustachus, a pet refuge centre in Quebec City.

According to section 445 of the Canadian Criminal Code, anyone who "kills, maims, wounds, poisons or cripples dogs, birds or animals" can be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

With files from Radio-Canada