HESPERIA (CBSLA.com)  —  Animal rights lovers are livid following the posting online of a video purporting to show a shelter worker dragging a dog by the leash down a hallway.

CBS2’s Bobby Kaple reported about the controversy Saturday.

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The video was getting a lot of attention — most of it unwarranted — by animal lovers who could not believe the incident took place in a shelter, of all places.

Some called it animal cruelty.

A large white dog is shown in the cellphone video apparently being dragged down a hallway. The dog is prostrate and clearly resisting.

A close-up look at the pooch that is at the center of a controversial video. (credit: CBS)

A close-up look at the pooch that is at the center of a controversial video. (credit: CBS)

The city of Hesperia has opened an investigation into the video that first surfaced on Wednesday. During the investigation, the name of the shelter worker is being kept private.

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The city’s mayor — Eric Schmidt —  told Kaple the dog has been reunited with its family — he’d gotten lost earlier this week.

“I don’t think any reasonable human,” said Schmidt, “desires to see any living thing being treated in a manner that doesn’t dignify its existence.”

Due to the public outcry over the video, the mayor and the Hesperia City Council will convene for a special meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and give the public the chance to express their views.

The mayor said he invites “anyone” to show up to be heard.

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