The RSPCA is appealing for people to come forward with information after a dog was abandoned in a street in Stoke-on-Trent.

CCTV footage obtained by the RSPCA shows someone walk the American bull dog up to a lamppost before tying his lead around it. They then walk away, leaving the dog barking, confused and wandering around the lamppost.


The incident happened at 2.10am on Monday, 17 July, in Clyde Street.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “The dog was microchipped, however the details were for his previous owner who had sold him but didn’t have details of who he was sold to.

“It is very sad that someone thought it was OK to deliberately abandon a dog like this. When he was found he was incredibly nervous, which is understandable as being abandoned is a stressful experience for a dog.

“We are hoping that someone recognises the person in the CCTV so we can look into this further. Anyone with information should call us on 0300 123 8018. All calls are made in complete confidence.”

The dog, who is called Bruiser, is now back with his previous owner.

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  • The CCTV footage can be downloaded here