The RSPCA are appealing for information about a man seen drowning his dog.
The man was spotted yesterday (Monday 8 April) beneath the jetty at Hole Haven Point on Canvey Island. He was holding a small ginger terrier under the water for at least eight minutes. It is not known who the dog belongs to.
The man was described as in his 50s with grey hair and a stocky build. He was wearing a dark navy jacket with light blue jeans and blue shoes.
RSPCA inspector Matthew Gough said: “I am very concerned to hear these reports. If they are true this poor little dog would have suffered a horrible, lingering death.
“We have not been able to find the body of the dog and do not know whether there is an owner out there desperately searching for their pet.
“Unfortunately it is not an area covered by CCTV cameras but we have a good description of the person who did this and I am hopeful that someone will realise that a man like this is suddenly without his pet.
“It is an area popular with dog walkers and someone may have seen him getting into a car with the body of his dog.”
Anyone who does have information can ring in confidence the inspector information line on 0300 123 0188
To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this please text the word HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message)