The RSPCA is appealing for information to trace a man whose attack on a dog was captured on CCTV. The attack took place outside a retail outlet on Priory Road in Hull at around 4.30pm on Saturday, November 4. Staff at the shop reported the incident.
The footage shows what appears to a French bulldog cross as a man attacks it with punches and kicks as well as stamping on the dog. This took place after the man had pulled his pet away from fighting another dog that was being walked by a passerby.
“While the other dog owner carried his pet away from the scene, the man, who was walking both the tan coloured bulldog and a white/tan terrier type dog, appears to attack the dog for around 90 seconds,” the RSPCA says in a statement. “The dog appeared to sustain facial injuries.”
RSPCA inspector Natalie Hill, who is investigating the incident, said, “We wish to speak to this individual about what appears to be a sustained attack on a defencelesss animal.
“The man is seen on the footage punching and kicking the dog, then stamping on him.
“The CCTV footage is very unpleasant and upsetting to watch. At one point you can see there is blood on the side of the dog’s face and one eye looks swollen. It appeared to have started when the bulldog got off the lead and lurched at the other man’s dog.
“The owner pulled the bulldog dog off, but then appears to punish the dog in this manner. This attack went on for some time.”
The RSPCA would like to speak to anyone who has any information about the two dogs or the suspect.
After the attack, the man was seen on Hotham Road South. According to inspector Hill, he may live “quite close” to the location of this attack.
“Somebody may have seen these dogs around. They may even be aware that one of them has suffered a facial injury since last weekend,” Hill adds. “If anyone has any information we’d appeal for them to get in touch with the RSPCA by contacting the appeals line number on 0300 123 8018.”