The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man was caught on camera beating a dog along the seafront in Lytham St Annes, just outside Blackpool.
The man – wearing drak trousers, a grey hoodie and a black hat – was walking a brown medium-sized dog along the beach promenade with a woman pushing a child in a pushchair.
A man walking behind them saw him kick the dog in the chest and head several times; the incident occurred between about 5.15pm and 5.35pm on Saturday 6 March. The member of the public recorded the beating on his phone before alerting the RSPCA. The charity is now trying to identify the man.
RSPCA inspector Amy McIntosh said, “A passerby spotted the first incident and then recorded the incident on their phone. They followed the couple as they walked along the footpath from Dicconson Terrace car park to the Queen’s Hotel and on to St John the Divine Church.
“During that time, the dog was kicked around seven times, causing him to stumble and cower in fear. The witness also saw the couple’s car – a black BMW – so we’re also following up on this.
“I want to speak to the couple pictured in the still from the mobile phone recording to find out more about what happened, or would be interested in hearing from anyone who may recognise the couple in the image.
“Anyone with information that may assist our enquiries should contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”