Ely dog iAn urgent RSPCA appeal has been launched following reports a Jack Russell terrier was kicked by a group of youths in the Ely area of Cardiff.

The animal welfare charity was notified after claims a group of boys, thought to be approximately 16-years-old, were interrupted by a 12-year-old girl when she saw them throwing crisps at the dog and kicking him in the head as he went to eat them.

An RSPCA officer has said the alleged incident must have been “horrible” to witness, and has urged members of the public with relevant information – or the owner of the dog – to get in touch. The incident is said to have taken place on Pethybridge Road, in the afternoon, between 4.30pm and 5pm.

The dog, who was not microchipped, is now in the care of Cardiff Council dog wardens. Vets later found the poor terrier had a missing canine tooth, potentially consistent with the alleged kicking incident.

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels said: “We have received reports of what must have been a horrible, distressing incident to witness – with claims a group of boys in the Ely area of Cardiff were feeding a dog crisps, then kicking the poor animal in the head.

“This is said to have taken place on Pethybridge Road, during late afternoon on Wednesday (17 October). The dog is now in the care of Cardiff Council. Vets found the dog to be missing a canine tooth, which could be consistent with the kicking incident.

“If anyone has information related to this – or may be in a position to help reunite this dog with their owner – we urge them to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

An anonymous local resident – the mother of the 12-year-old who witnessed the attack – said: “My daughter saw a group of boys kicking this dog. They looked around 16-years-of-age, and certainly old enough to know far better.

“It was a brave thing of her to do to take the dog – she really likes animals, and is always looking out for them. I just hope the owner can be found, as well as those who did this to the dog.”

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