The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man reportedly mistreated a dog outside a pub in Stoke-on-Trent.
Witnesses who saw the incident said that the man threw the dog in the air a number of times and let her drop to the floor.
He was confronted by members of the public following the incident, on Thursday evening (12 Oct) outside The Greyhound pub in Manor Court Street, Penkhull, but he walked away and left the dog behind.
The dog, who has a number of cuts to her body as a result, is now being cared for at private kennels.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “We have been told that while he was throwing the dog around, he was also shouting aggressively, and the dog was left frightened. He was reported to have called the dog Belle.
“The man was described as approximately 6ft tall, white with dark hair and was wearing dark clothes.
“We are really hoping that someone recognises the dog and therefore will be able to tell us who this man is.
“The way poor Belle was being treated is no way to treat an animal. Thankfully she has not suffered serious injuries and she is now getting a lot of love and care.
“Anyone who has any information which could help us in our investigation should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
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