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Star Calls For Woman Caught On Camera Slamming Puppy To Be Jailed

Actress Shannen Doherty has called for a dog sitter to be jailed after a video of her appearing to throw a puppy emerged online.

In the video, a woman strides across a living room floor with Lucy the puppy in her hands. She then appears to forcefully slam the little canine to the ground.

Doherty posted a screenshot taken from the disturbing video, calling for the dog sitter to be charged with a crime.

The woman has been named as McKenna Patrick.

"This is a photo from a video of McKenna Patrick who works for @roverdotcom in the video, she slams a 10-month-old puppy to the ground," Doherty wrote on Instagram.

She also called for Rover -- the dog sitting and walking company Partick works for -- to be held accountable for the actions of their staff member.

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Patrick throwing the dog. Photo: Instagram/animalhopeandwellness.

"Shame on you both... the puppy is clearly hurt," the former 90210 star said.

The video was originally posted to the Animal Hope and Wellness Instagram page and has attracted over 77,000 views.

Animal Hope and Wellness said the dog's owners were out of the house at the time of the incident, but managed to see what had happened on their camera and rushed immediately home.

"People like McKenna should not be allowed to watch anyone’s pet, and this type of behavior should not be tolerated," the Animal Hope and Wellness post said.

Like Shannen Doherty, other Instagram users were disturbed by the dog sitter's actions in the video.

Shannen Doherty's Instagram post. Photo: Instagram/ theshando.

"I hope the owners charge her. She deserves to be behind bars," one user commented.

"This is so awful! Makes me so flipping mad!!! Please don’t trust your babies with anyone you don’t know," another wrote.

"More than being fired needs to be done she needs to be arrested for animals cruelty," a user said.

According to ABC News in the U.S., the incident is being investigated by animal welfare authorities, and it remains unclear if Patrick still works for Rover.

But the good news is, little Lucy has been checked by a vet and is in perfect health.

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Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au