The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after a man was captured on camera punching a dog.
On April 17, a member of the public was parked up at the seafront in Margate, Kent, when he heard the sound of a dog in distress. He saw a man leading a black Labrador-type dog away on the lead and checked his dashcam footage to see what had happened.
In the footage, which the RSPCA has released as part of its investigation, the man can be seen punching the cowering dog three times. He then attaches the dog’s lead and walks away, raising his hand to the camera.
The member of public contacted the RSPCA following the incident which took place shortly after 5pm on Sunday in Newgate Lower Promenade, near the lido.
RSPCA inspector Deborah Pert is investigating the incident. She said: “It’s very concerning to see this footage and I have concerns about the welfare of this dog.
“It is not acceptable to punch a dog, either as punishment or discipline. It is never acceptable to be violent towards an animal and I’m keen to trace this individual.
“If anyone recognises the man or the dog, please get in touch with us by calling our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”