The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man randomly kicked a dog who was waiting outside a shop for her owner.
The man was caught on CCTV attacking the dog, a four-year-old beagle named Izzy, outside One Stop in Bramhall Lane, Stockport, at 10.50am on Wednesday (11 October).
Izzy had been waiting for her owner, Danielle Duce, when the incident happened.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Steve Wickham said: “It is difficult footage to watch. It is a completely random attack and there is no excuse to do this to any animal.
“Out of nowhere this man can be seen aiming a kick at the poor dog in an act which is really aggressive and completely unnecessary. The kick is so hard that he can be described as ‘booting’ Izzy.
“The man is wearing a distinctive blue coat in the footage so we are hoping someone out there will recognise him and we will be able to get in touch with him.
“We would really like to speak to the man in the footage and also anyone who saw this happen. We would urge anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible on our appeals line 0300 123 8018.”
The man was described by witnesses as being aged between 30 and 40 and possibly had dark blonde hair, however he was wearing his hood up so his hair could not be seen clearly.
Izzy’s owner Danielle said: “I go to the shop every single day, and every time I take Izzy with me and she waits for me outside. When this happened, I was inside paying when suddenly I heard Izzy yelp loudly. I went outside and a woman said, ‘A man has just kicked your dog’.
“There were people who were confronting him and a man in a van was shouting at him, but he just walked away.
“I’m just shocked. Thankfully Izzy is fine but I can’t understand why anyone would do this.”
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