I don't think anyone here can say for certain. With such few details given, we're not really equipped to be judge, jury, and executioner. Even from the armchair. But I would think that the law provides for punishment in the appropriate measure, whenever it is actually deemed by the authorities as abuse.I am wondering, what should be the punishment for hitting a puppy?
Whether striking a puppy constitutes abuse or not would likely depend on factors such as physical injury, excessive force, lasting psychological trauma, etc. If you feel any of these have occurred, it's probably best to report it to the authorities.