Appeal To Find Norwich Dog Abuser
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man was caught on CCTV repeatedly punching a dog in the head. The footage, released by the RSPCA, is of a man and dog walking along Jex Road in Norwich just after 1.30pm on Monday 9th February 2015.
The RSPCA released the footage in a bid to track down the man and check on the welfare of the animal. They have received a ‘good response’ from the public after they released the sickening footage. They have had calls from members of the public providing information and chased up several leads, but the man has still not been identified.
RSPCA inspector Laura Sayer said: "You can clearly see the dog being punched in the head with some considerable force, several times. The dog shows clear signs of fear and we are very concerned about his or her welfare."
"We urge anyone with any information about who this man might be, and where he and the poor dog might be, to let us know, in strictest confidence."
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Lucy Galvin, city councillor for Wensum ward, says: "I hope that someone recognises the person and comes forward. That pet clearly shouldn’t be with that person."
"I’d urge everyone to share it and help rescue the dog from that owner."
Animal charity PETA, which establishes and protects the rights of animals, has offered a £5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man.
"It is imperative that any community faced with the abuse of animals take measures to find the culprit and stop the violence" said PETA director Mimi Bekhechi. "Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or non-human."
If you can help identify the man in the footage, or help inspectors find the dog, please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.