A groomer was caught on film smacking a puppy , but claims the owners 'told her' to hit the dog if it misbehaved.
The footage was posted online by Jill Grammer, the owner of the puppy, who was horrified at what she saw at the Happy Dog Grooming parlour in Perth, Western Australia.
She wrote on Facebook: "Never take your beloved pet there as this is the way they are treated."
In the footage the groomer can be heard getting irritated by the pooch, who seems to be struggling while being groomed.
After a few moments, the groomer loses patience and smacks the animal.