RSPCA appeal after report of dog being beaten on seafront

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a man was allegedly seen beating a dog while walking along the seafront in Lytham.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:52 pm

The RSPCA was called after a member of the public reportedly saw a man kick the dog in the chest and head around seven times.

It is alleged the incident happened between approximately 5.15pm and 5.35pm on Saturday, March 6.

RSPCA inspectors have now released an image of a couple they would like to speak to in connection with their inquiries.

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RSPCA inspectors want to speak to the couple pictured

Amy McIntosh, RSPCA inspector who is now investigating, said: “A passerby spotted the first incident and then recorded the incident on their phone.

"They followed the couple as they walked along the footpath from Dicconson Terrace car park to the Queen’s Hotel and on to St John the Divine Church.

“During that time, the dog was kicked around seven times, causing him to stumble and cower in fear.

"The witness also saw the couple’s car - a black BMW - so we’re also following up on this.

“I want to speak to the couple pictured in the still from the mobile phone recording to find out more about what happened, or would be interested in hearing from anyone who may

recognise the couple in the image.

“Anyone with information that may assist our enquiries should contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

It is illegal, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal by beating them or subjecting them to violence and anyone convicted under this legislation can

currently face up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

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