AN INFLUENCER has been arrested after being accused of claiming to break her dog's legs in a bid to gain more followers.
Brittany Johnson, known as Lovely Peaches online, also reportedly sprayed perfume in the six-month-old Jack Russell's eyes and picked him up by his neck during an Instagram Live video.
The 20-year-old, from Louisiana, was arrested after many viewers contacted the police over the alleged abuse of the dog, called Max.
She was taken into custody after cops tracked her down at Motel 6 in DeKalb County in Georgia on January 22.
The puppy is believed to have been taken into the care of DeKalb's animal services.
Johnson, who has more than 140,000 on one of her social media pages, had posted a picture with the dog, however, on January 21 with the caption "As I Posted On My Personal Max is no Longer With Us Rip Buddy #6Months on this Earth Keep Me In Prayers."
Despite this, the Jack Russell is reported to still be alive, according to Insider, after Johnson voluntarily signed him over to animal-control officers.
When questioned by police, Johnson admitted to making "statements on her social media about harming or killing her dog to get more followers on social media", according to records.
The influencer has been banned from owning any pets while the investigation continues, a representative for the DeKalb County Police Department said in a statement published by TooFab.
It reads: "Until her case is concluded, she is not allowed to own or care for any animals.
"Meanwhile, her Jack Russell Terrier was taken into custody by Animal Services, where it was examined by a veterinarian and Johnson voluntarily signed over custody."
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