We’re appealing for information after a man was spotted pulling a dog behind a moving van on Catton Road, Walton upon Trent, South Derbyshire.

The man was sitting on the floor of the van with the back doors open and was holding a tan-coloured boxer dog or bull terrier type dog by a lead. The van was moving, forcing the dog to run along behind it.

A passing motorist took a photo of the incident as they were about to overtake and it is thought the van was going as fast as 15mph. The motorist said that the dog was clearly struggling with the speed at which it was being forced to run.

We need to know who was behind this

Man pulling dog behind a van

The van was a white Transit type with Guardian Roofing written on the side, although it’s thought that this refers to a style of roofing rather than a company name. The man was described as white and was wearing a light grey hooded top, dark jeans, a dark blue baseball cap and brown shoes.

The incident happened at 4pm on 2 May.  We’ve been following up other leads before deciding to publicise the incident in the hope that someone will know who was behind this.

RSPCA Inspector Kate Levesley said:

“Although this happened a while ago now, we’re hoping that someone in the area knows who these people are.


A dog shouldn’t be forced to run behind a moving vehicle and we’d be very concerned for the welfare of this animal if its owners think that this is the right way to treat their pet.”

Anyone with information should contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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