The RSPCA have launched an investigation after a dog was photographed being dragged behind a van around an industrial estate.
The dog – a lurcher – seemed to be struggling to keep up with the vehicle during what the RSPCA described as an ‘awful ordeal’ in Stoke-on-Trent, reports the Telegraph.
A member of the public took photos of the incident, in which the dog was on a lead held by a man who was sitting in the back of the van with a door open.
The photographer later reported it and described hearing laughter from the vehicle’s occupants as it was driven in laps around the Fenton Industrial Estate at least three times.
The RSPCA said the incident was ‘appalling’ and was likely to have left the dog’s feet a painful mess’.
Animal welfare officers have now launched a public appeal for information to trace the men in the van.
Inspector Charlotte Melvin said:
These roads are tarmac surfaces and I’d imagine the dog’s feet would have been a painful mess after this awful ordeal.
The back doors of the van were open and someone was sat in the back with the dog on a lead running behind. The dog looked exhausted.
This is an appalling incident and I’d be interested to hear from anyone who might recognise the dog, the people or the van.
The RSPCA have appealed to anyone who lives or works nearby for information and also, if they see a similar incident, or know who may have been responsible, to call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
These guys need to be caught.