Dog abuse video 'utterly appalling'

Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014
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Police are investigating footage of suspected animal abuse in the Banbridge area of Co Down, which also prompted an animal welfare charity to offer a £500 reward for information.

The video, which appears to show a man kicking out at a dog in a yard before dragging it away, was posted online on 29 December and has since been viewed by thousands of people.

Many of those who saw the footage reported it to police and the USPCA.

"To keep you all updated, we have identified those involved in the YouTube video and a full investigation will be carried out," an officer posted on the PSNI Banbridge Facebook page.

"Enquiries are still ongoing."

A spokesman for the USPCA earlier told UTV: "The footage reported to us by many concerned Facebook users is utterly appalling. Those involved in the abuse must be placed before a court."

The charity had already spoken to the police to offer its support to the investigation and put up the reward of £500 for information leading to a conviction.

"The dog clearly needs veterinary care and we will provide this through our Newry Veterinary Hospital," the spokesman added.

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Snowy in Ardoyne. Ireland wrote (195 days ago):
Well done to UTV LIVE for showing the footage of that poor dog being brutality kicked, although it is hard to watch. But now the police have the scumbag I hope that the law see fit to charge the cowardly thug. And a judge does the right thing and jail the low life scumbag. Am glad the wee dog seems ok now. and it finds a loving home. bless it.
Ashlee in Belfast wrote (195 days ago):
Just to make everyone aware incase you haven't heard a 43 years old man has been arrested for this and the collie is named bessie she is roughly 5 years old she has been rescued and taken to the vet and is fine and healthy and has now been rehomed to a brand mew home into safe arms! Pictures and more on the story can been seen on psni banbridge facebook :)
stephen ritchie in pordey down wrote (195 days ago):
after hearing the report of this awful abuse I am sickened to the stomach that a cowardly human being could abuse a defenceless wee animal that is only full of love towards its owner. It also must be said that people like that should not ever be allowed to own or have anything to do with animals ever ever again by the courts order, I am originally from banbridge myself and its the worst news ive heard this week honestly that towns getting worse and worse by the hour
Maureen Hancock in cookstown wrote (195 days ago):
This is a terrible crime and it is going on with all types of animals it is time we got results of these people being caught and dealt with severly.
henry in belfast wrote (196 days ago):
@liz, i know where your coming from liz but at the end of the day if it had not been caught on film we may never have known of the dogs plight and we dont even know if the person behind the camera was just gathering proof and evidence, the dog is now in safe hands thankgod and a man arrested and youtube have removed the video so well done to all involved and hope the dog ( bessie ) finds a loving home
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