CHANEL has been accused of animal cruelty after a shocking video emerged showing a dog locked in a “tiny cage” overnight at one of its flagship London shops.
The designer brand was blasted by Made In Chelsea star Tabitha Willett who posted footage of the seemingly trapped pooch at around 11pm on Friday.
Instagram A dog was seen locked in a cage at Chanel’s Sloane Square boutique in West London on Friday night
Instagram Former Made In Chelsea star Tabitha Willett posted the video on Instagram
Instagram videos showed the dog lying in a crate that appears too small for it to stretch out fully.
There is also no sign of food or water for the animal – one of two kept in Chanel’s Sloane Square boutique in West London.
The startling images have led to concern among animal welfare charities – with the RSPCA saying it raised “questions”.
But Chanel insists that the dogs are there to act as a deterrent following a spate of break-ins – and they are well looked-after.
‘FLAWED AND CRUEL’
Pregnant Tabitha, 27, wrote alongside the video: “Chanel why are there two dogs in tiny cages in your shop at 11pm?”
She later added: “I phoned Chanel up who said the dogs were there for security purposes which I don’t understand as they are locked in crates and the crates are far too small for their size.
“Also no water is visible at all and one of the dogs wagged friendly [sic] when my friend who videoed this walked up to the window so not very scary?!
“I was assured that the animals were only kept in crates for a few hours at a time (still too long I think under these fluorescent lights too) and there was a human man there as well.”
The former reality TV star said that the RSPCA had been notified – and accused Chanel of implementing a “flawed and cruel” security measure.
Speaking to Femail, Tabitha added: “My concern and the concern of everyone who saw my story was that the crates are far too small for dogs of those sizes.
“We couldn’t see any people around and to explain that their purpose is as security dogs does not make any sense as they were locked in crates.”
This picture raises some questions and we would be keen to hear the reasons behind these dogs being kept in crates in this wayRSPCA
The RSPCA said it was keen to hear a full explanation from Chanel.
A spokesperson said: “This picture raises some questions and we would be keen to hear the reasons behind these dogs being kept in crates in this way.
“Dog crates can be useful when transporting your pets, for use in training, or for short-term confinement when supervision is not possible.
They should be a place where the dog feels safe, secure and comfortable.
“As a minimum, crates need to be big enough for the dog to be able to sit and stand up at full height, turn around, stretch out and lie down in a natural position.
“Adding soft, comfortable bedding and safe chew toys help dogs feel comfy, safe and secure.
“Dogs need access to water at all times so a bowl of water should be provided when a dog is inside the crate.
“This can be done using a clip-on bowl to prevent it from being tipped over.”
Chanel said that it understands the “concern” raised by the photos.
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A spokesperson said: “Due to two recent serious incidents in the Sloane Street boutique, Chanel has decided to reinforce the security measures by seeking the services of a dog handler.
“We understand the concern of those who care about animal welfare and we share it.
“We want to assure them that these two dogs, which are specially trained for this purpose, are released from their crates on a regular-basis to stretch and exercise and there is a regular supply of food and water throughout the duration of their time in the boutique.”
Instagram Dog-lover Tabitha accused Chanel of implementing a ‘flawed and cruel’ security measure
Google Chanel insisted the dogs were brought in following a spate of break-ins at the store
Instagram Tabitha, 27, said she had notified the RSPCA
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