Fact Check: Woman Seen Swinging Dog On A Leash At Another Woman Was NOT A Black Lives Matter Protester

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Woman Seen Swinging Dog On A Leash At Another Woman Was NOT A Black Lives Matter Protester Road Rage

Did a Black Lives Matter protester attack another woman by swinging a dog on a leash at her? No, that's not true: Graphic video showing a Black woman grabbing a dog from another woman and swinging it around by the leash took place in a long line of cars backed up to get to a beer store in Canada. It was a road rage incident and not at a Black Lives Matter protest.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) shared on Facebook on July 4, 2020. The post's text introduction read:

"BLM terrorizes a woman and her dog.
I hope she is found and charged with animal cruelty!"

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Jul 8 17:29:29 2020 UTC)

The video, shot by someone in another car, showed one woman swinging a small dog by its leash and neck collar in the direction of another worman who eventually was able to wrest the dog away. The video was of a road-rage incident that turned violent, but had nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter movement or protests.

The owner of the dog, Brittany McGuire, told CTV News in Halifax, Canada, about the situation and it was not BLM-protest related. She and a friend were in their vehicle when the other car tried to cut in front of them in line to a beer store in Dartmouth.

An argument ensued and McGuire explained that it escalated after the other woman got out of her car and started punching McGuire's friend.

All of a sudden she is around my side and the dog is out of the car and she has him and everybody can see from the video of what took place afterwards.

"I thought that my dog was going to die because there was traffic everywhere, people everywhere," McGuire said about the young puppy. "I just wanted him in my arms because I didn't want him to get run over and I thought that she was choking him to death."

According to the Halifax Police Department, all the people involved declined to press charges against each other at the scene but when an animal rights activist alerted police to the video they opened an investigation. Halifax Police Sgt. Tanya Chambers-Spriggs told CTV News:

The extent of, I guess, what happened to the dog came to our attention this morning when the video was circulated on social media and we immediately assigned investigators to carry on with that investigation in regards to the mistreatment of the dog."

The shocking video has gone viral but the woman who allegedly swung the dog by the leash was not a Black Lives Matter protester and the situation was a road rage incident, not a protest that turned violent.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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