The RSPCA is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man seen carrying his dog by a collar.
The incident took place at the Parsloes Park in Dagenham near East London and was captured on video by a witness.
Tarren Mccoy was at the park with his dog and two small children when he saw a man lift a terrified-looking dog and carry it by a harness in the air. Mccoy was disgusted at the act of cruelty but didn’t want to confront the man with his children present.
Instead, he decided to record the incident and shared the photos and video in a Facebook group, as well as with the RSPCA, in hopes of identifying the man and ensuring he be held accountable for his actions.
Mccoy posted about the incident in the Scruffy’s Angels – Lost and Found Dogs Dagenham & Romford group, and said, “Not normally the one to write a status on the sites but what I see today was totally disgusting and can’t imagine what that little dog goes through on a daily basis.”
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He continued to describe how the dog was “shivering and cowering down” and asked the group for advice on who to contact to report the event. After the post was shared in the group, locals became outraged and word got back to the RSPCA.
The RSPCA inspector, Chris McGreal, spoke with My London News and said:
“The incident took place in Parsloes Park, Dagenham, on the afternoon of 29 March. The man – dressed in a black hat, black jacket and dark-coloured jogging bottoms – was seen carrying the small white Spitz-type dog by its collar across the park before getting into a black BMW.”
He continued saying that he’d like to speak to anyone who recognises him or the dog in question. He also noted, “We’d also like to speak to any witnesses to the incident. Anyone with information should call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for me.”
Mccoy, who filmed and witnessed the incident, was able to get enough information to the RSPCA for them to identify the man, his taxi business, and secure his home address, according to his comments on the original post. However, it seems that the RSPCA is seeking additional witnesses and information before they can move forward with the case.
Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact the RSCPA via their appeal line at 0300 123 8018.
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