A man in the United Kingdom was seen throwing his greyhound into the cold sea.
The RSPCA is now searching for the identity of the man, who witnesses say grabbed the dog and threw it into the water in Hartlepool, County Durham, according to The Telegraph.
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The man pulled the dog back on a leash and threw it back into the sea again.
The incident took place last week.
Witnesses said they saw three men with nine muzzled greyhounds on the pier.
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“They were being carried out to the end of the structure and unceremoniously flung in from a height of about 4ft and a distance, through the air, of 6ft,” one witness said. “The waves were quite strong and my first thought was, once they had surfaced, what if they were propelled by the crashing waves into the rusting sides of the pier?”
‘There was a significant number of dogs in the group and it appeared that they were being taken out one by one.”
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John Stephenson, the head of Greyhound Rescue North East, told the Daily Mail: “I have never heard of anything like this before, there is just no logic to it.”
“Why on earth would anyone throw a dog into the sea like this in freezing cold conditions, it is just stupid.”
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the agency is “still making inquiries after we received a concerning report that a group of men with a number of dogs were seen in Hartlepool repeatedly throwing one of the dogs—a greyhound—into the water.”
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“An inspector launched an investigation and attended the scene, but the group were no longer there.”
“Since then we have been contacted by a member of the public who provided photos of what appears to be a man throwing the dog into the water.”
“These images are very distressing and we would urge anyone who may have witnessed this, or may have more information which could help an investigation, to contact us on 0300 1234 999.’”