Hunt to find man pictured cruelly ‘dragging dog by its collar’ in country park

The RSCPA are hunting a man who was seen dragging a dog by its collar through a park in Dagenham, London.

Inspector Chris McGreal is appealing for witnesses after a man, wearing a black jacket and a black cap, was spotted carrying a dog by its collar.

The dog, a small white Spitz-type dog, was seen inches off of the ground as it was dragged horizontally through Parsloes Park on March 29 2021.

Mr McGreal said he would like to speak to the man pictured, or anyone who may recognise the individual or the dog.

The charity was alerted to the incident after a member of the public snapped a picture of the dog, EssexLive reported.

They were dressed in a black hat, black jacket and dark-coloured jogging bottoms, Mr McGreal said.

He added that the individual got into a nearby black BMW and drove off with the animal.

RSPCA investigates animal cruelty as well as rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care.

Anyone with information has been urged to call the charity's appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Mr McGreal.

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In a statement, Mr McGreal said: "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.

"We’d like to speak to the man pictured or anyone who recognises him or the dog."

He went on: "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."

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