Animal welfare investigators in Derbyshire are hunting for the owner of a dog seen roughly treating the animal in the street. The man was seen walking the dog in Westhorpe Road in Killamarsh on Sunday, February 20, at around 11am.
It was a shocked member of the public who saw the man roughly yanking on the lead of the dog as he was walking it along the street, he is also said to have knelt on the dog’s neck, kicked it and thrown it to the floor, leaving the animal terrified.
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The person who saw the incident reported it to the RSPCA and now inspector Heather Morris is appealing for help and information to try and trace the owner.
During the sickening incident, the man who was wearing dark clothing was seen to yank the dog on the lead before kneeling on its neck. He then lifted the animal up by the neck and put it back down on the floor and again knelt on the dog.
He then picked up the dog around the stomach before throwing it on the floor and giving it a kick before yanking it back down the footpath during the attack, which is understood to have lasted about two minutes.
Inspector Morris said: “We have had reports of a man roughly treating a dog in which the pet at one point was thrown against the floor and knelt on twice by the man walking the pet roughly on a lead. The frightened dog was also kicked during the incident before he was yanked down the street.
“The man is described as a young white male, in his late teens to early 20s. He had shoulder-length orange/ginger hair, was slim and was about 5 foot 7 inches tall. The dog was wearing a fluorescent orange coat.
“This is in a residential area and close to roads so I am hoping others may have seen something and be able to provide me with information as to who this man is as together with the dog the pair are very distinctive.
“I want to hear from him, or anyone who knows who he is as I am worried about this dog and am very keen to check that he or she is okay.”
Anyone who thinks they can help should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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