A passenger on a train in Essex was seen beating a dog and swinging it by its lead last month. A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident after British Transport Police released images taken from the train’s CCTV system.
Details and an image follow that readers may find distressing.
The attack on the dog occurred at around 10.30pm on 10 October, on the Greater Anglia train from Braintree to Witham.
The train was subsequently cancelled after staff discovered the dog’s excrement on the carriage’s walls and seats.
While reviewing the CCTV footage to find out how the carriage had been left in that condition, staff saw a man wearing a hood hanging a Staffordshire bull terrier by its lead, swinging the dog by its lead against the wall of the train, and pushing his foot against the dog’s face.
The BTP released footage of the attack earlier today, with investigating officer police sergeant Paul Thompson saying: “This was an unbelievably shocking act of cruelty. No animal should ever be subjected to such punishment.
“Clearly this animal was frightened for its life as he emptied his bowls on the seat and train carriage.”
Some hours later a spokesman for BTP said: “Following phenomenal interest and share
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 140 of 23/11/2016.
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