A Mexican pet store has been temporarily closed and two employees are under investigation by prosecutors after a video surfaced of them slapping Chihuahuas repeatedly to "welcome" them to the store.

The Maskota pet store chain said Wednesday that it had identified the two employees from the video and filed criminal complaints against them. It said their behavior violated the chain's commitment to animal welfare.

In the video, the two take turns holding up Chihuahuas by the scruffs of their necks and repeatedly slapping, shaking and kneeing them.

The prosecutor's office in the north-central state of Hidalgo said it is investigating the incident as a property damage complaint.

It is unclear if Hidalgo has animal protection laws that might carry a more serious penalty.

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