By Andrea Lucia

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STEPHENVILLE (CBS11) – The mother of an 8-year-old Stephenville girl caught beating a neighbor’s dog on video spoke out to CBS11 about the now-viral incident.

The mother interviewed on the condition we not identify her. She said she was surprised to see her daughter behaving in a violent manner.

“I mean, I was dumbfounded like everyone else. I was shocked,” she said.

She told us she’s never seen the girl act aggressively with animals before.

“She says that the dog had snipped at her and, you know, she retaliated.”

Animal advocates told CBS11 they want the girl to receive counseling, but her mother says she’s already learned her lesson.

“She doesn’t need counseling,” she said.

The mother is frustrated, instead, with the neighbor who shot the video and posted it online.

“For her just sit there and record something, watching it happen. For her to go straight to police, instead of notifying the parents,” she said. “She should be just as guilty as my daughter, for letting it happen.”

That neighbor told CBS11 she did approach the family but was told to mind her business.

The family denies that.

Still, anger on social media and in the community have been focused on the girl’s family.

Her mother says they’ve even received threats.

“People coming over here knocking on the door, without knowing what’s going on,” she said.

The dog’s owner, who lives in the same duplex as the family, wouldn’t comment, but Stephenville Police late Tuesday confirmed she has surrendered ownership of the puppy.

The dog is now in the hands of the Erath County Humane Society.

It reports the dog has been wagging its tail, not acting shy at all.

It will eventually be put up for adoption.

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