“It’s heartbreaking because the reason we use a pet sitter is because we love our pet”.

A woman has been captured on home surveillance footage slamming a 10-week puppy to the floor in an apparent case of animal abuse in Victorville, California.

The woman had been hired as puppy sitter to watch over Lucy by her owners.

However her methods have com under fire after video aired on ABC7, shows the woman taking the small dog and slamming her to the floor.

The couple got a motion alert from their home security camera on their phone.

In real time, the husband was able to yell at the woman and tell her to leave. She did and apologized. Animal Control is now looking into the incident.

Fortunately, Lucy was checked out and will be OK. But Lucy’s owners were shocked at the incident:

“It’s heartbreaking because the reason we use a pet sitter is because we love our pet and we don’t want to leave her unattended for very long because she is a baby,” said Amanda Roy.

“So we trusted someone to come into our home and look after a pet that we consider a family member.”