The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man was filmed repeatedly punching a dog before picking the dog up and carrying the dog off.


The violent assault was recorded by a witness who reported it and passed the footage to the RSPCA.Screen grab from dog beating footage © RSPCA


The incident took place on Hendon Road in Nelson, Lancashire at around 3.15pm on Thursday (10 December).


RSPCA inspector Charlotte Booker said: “This is an urgent appeal to find the man in the footage, which we are releasing today, and the dog, whose welfare we are extremely concerned about.


“We hope that the images of him and the dog – a large white bull breed, we think probably an American bulldog – along with the location and time this happened will mean that those who know him will recognise him, and call us.


“This was a sustained attack on a dog which was clearly petrified and submissive and which had to be picked up and carried down the street afterwards.


“Please, if you have any specific information about this man, and where the dog is now, get in touch.”


Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for inspector Booker.


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