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RSPCA Searching For Man Seen Carrying Dog By Collar In Park

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RSPCA Searching For Man Seen Carrying Dog By Collar In Park

The RSPCA is appealing for help to trace a man who was photographed carrying a dog through an east London park by its collar.

The animal welfare charity is looking into the incident after a witness captured it on camera and reported it.

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Credit: RSPCA

The man can be seen wearing a dark blue or black jacket with a black hat on and black trousers or jogging bottoms. His trainers are a florescent orange colour on the sole.

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People watching the bloke say he got into a black BMW which he walked to carrying the small white dog by only its collar - leaving it to dangle from his grip.

RSPCA inspector Chris McGreal is now appealing for witnesses and information.

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Credit: RSPCA

Mr McGreal said: "The incident took place in Parsloes Park, Dagenham, on the afternoon of 29 March.

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"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. 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."

This comes just days after the RSPCA put out an appeal calling for any information after two cats were abandoned for days outside a north London closed vet clinic.

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Credit: RSPCA
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The RSPCA's Edmonton Clinic was been closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, so the cats weren't found until Sunday 21 March when a passing member of the public who volunteers for an animal charity spotted the carrier when she thought to check behind the wall for any abandoned animals.

They were taken in immediately and upon examination it became apparent that one of the cats was pregnant. She gave birth just two days later on 23 March and both cats and the kittens are doing well.

But Hospital Facility Manager, Claire Hague, said: "There are several signs up around the clinic that clearly states that the facility is not open and is unmanned.

"The RSPCA Central West and North East London Branch also put up lots of posters giving contact details for members of the public to call if they need help.

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"The signs also include the number of RSPCA Harmsworth Animal Hospital, where these cats could have been taken in and received the care they needed. There was no need to abandon these cats to suffer, confined to a carrier with no food, or water, when help was so readily available."

Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA

She added: "We have CCTV footage of the incident in which a man is seen abandoning the cats. He is a white adult male with dark hair, wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. We would like anyone who has information to come forward and contact our helpline on 0300 1234 999. "

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Topics: RSPCA, Community, Animals

Rebecca Shepherd
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