A Sydney man has been charged with an animal cruelty offence after he was accused of kicking a trainee guide dog.
Police were called to High Street in Penrith in Sydney's west yesterday (June 3) morning on reports of an injured animal.
Authorities were told a man attacked the wannabe assistance dog while its owner was trying to train it. The age and sex of the animal isn't known.
Officers attached to the Nepean Police Area Command later found a 53-year-old man who they believe was responsible for the incident.
He was taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with commit an act of cruelty upon an animal.
The man has been refused bail and is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court later today (June 4).
Guide dogs play a vital role in helping people with different abilities get through their day.
The pre-training phase is incredibly important in shaping the animal's chance of becoming a guide dog.
When the puppies turn seven weeks old, they go out to 'families or individuals to ensure that our new recruits get the best possible care, in a loving home environment whilst receiving appropriate training', according to Guide Dogs Australia.
It's very important they are looked after and get the best possible start to life if they want to become a professional.
Featured Image Credit: Guide Dogs Australia/Instagram
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