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Appeal after man seen abusing dog at Collier Row Co-Op

The RSPCA is asking for help identifying a man who was caught on CCTV carrying a dachshund around a shop by its neck.

Shocking footage of the incident has come to light after a customer raised concerns about the way the pup was being treated last month.

The footage, from the Co-Op in Turpin Lane, shows the incident at around 12.30pm on Friday, 15 February.

Inspector Jemima Cooper, from the RSPCA,  said: “We were contacted by another customer in the shop who was concerned by the man’s treatment of the dog so I visited and spoke to staff who reviewed the CCTV and found this upsetting footage.

“The little dog doesn’t seem to want to go into the shop but is dragged in and along the aisles. While the man is casually perusing the shelves he grabs the dog by his neck and picks him up before carrying him around the store as he continues his shopping.

“This is no way to handle or carry a dog and could be extremely painful and uncomfortable for the dog.”

“I’m really keen to speak to this man and would ask that anyone who knows him or saw what happened on the day to get in touch.”

Anyone who recognises the man or the dog should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018 and leaving a message for Inspector Cooper.

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