The RSPCA has appealed for information after a man was captured on camera punching a dog.
A member of the public was parked up at the seafront in Margate, Kent, on Sunday (17 April) when he heard the yelps and cries of a dog. He came around to see a man leading the black Labrador-type dog away on the lead and checked his dashcam footage to see what had happened.
In the footage, which the RSPCA is releasing today as part of its investigation, the man can be seen punching the cowering dog three times. He then attaches the dog’s lead and walks away, raising his hand to the camera.
The member of public contacted the RSPCA on Monday (18 April) following the incident which, contrary to the time listed on the dashcam, took place shortly after 5pm on Sunday in Newgate Lower Promenade, near the lido.
RSPCA inspector Deborah Pert is now investigating. She said:
“It’s very concerning to see this footage and I have concerns about the welfare of this dog.
“It is not acceptable to punch a dog, either as punishment or discipline. It is never acceptable to be violent towards an animal and I’m keen to trace this individual.”
If anyone recognises the man or the dog, please get in touch with the RSPCA by calling their appeal line on 0300 123 8018.