ON Monday the 14th of December the RSPCA issued an urgent appeal to find a man and dog after a video circulated online of a man abusing the animal on a street in Lancashire – the footage that was filmed by a passer-by, left viewers disgusted and horrified. The appeal received a phenomenal response from members of the public which resulted in the man being arrested and the dog be taken into the care of the RSPCA.
The RSPCA appeal was viewed over 3.5 million times, shared more than 16,000 times and generated over 10,700 comments from concerned animal lovers. Many of the comments were posting the same name, which helped the RSPCA massively.
As the man has been arrested and this is now a live investigation, information is limited but the RSPCA did tell Quays News: “The response we received from the public has been absolutely huge and we are very grateful to everyone who has shared our appeal, and who has been in touch with the information we needed.”
They added “The same name was given to us many times so we were able to verify information very quickly.”
The dog, thought to be a white American Bulldog has been checked over by a vet and is now being looked after in the care of the RSPCA.
Lancashire police PC Keats issued a public statement: “We understand that this is an emotive subject but we urge restraint and request that names and addresses are not banded about on social media as this may jeopardise any future prosecution or more importantly any penalty. A massive thank you to all those that helped by providing information.”
By Jennifer Strand
All photo credits to RSPCA