The RSPCA is appealing for information in a bid to trace the owner of a dog who featured in an online video that shows a man slapping him around the face.
A video was posted on social media at the beginning of October showing the incident. Social media users who came across the video online alerted the RSPCA, and the charity launched an investigation.
RSPCA Chief Inspector Tony Pritchard said, “We’re keen to hear from the owner of these dogs. They may be completely unaware of this incident. We’d like to check that this dog is okay and gather some more information about him and what happened here.
“We’re also appealing to the public to get in touch with us if they recognise the culprit in the video.”
In the video, a man gets out of a vehicle and walks towards a Dogue de Bordeaux who has his head poking out of the back window of a parked black pick-up truck. The man approaches the dog and slaps him around the face. A second Dogue de Bordeaux then emerges through the open window and barks at the man who retreats while he – and the person filming the video – laugh.
RSPCA investigators believe the video was filmed in the UK due to the number plates of passing vehicles, but it’s unclear where the incident occurred. The man is described as white, with fair hair. He was wearing black shiny shoes, black trousers and a white, long-sleeve t-shirt.
Anyone who believes they recognise the dogs, know where this incident took place or has any information on who is responsible should contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.