Dog in 'abuse video' found safe

Published Wednesday, 08 January 2014
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A man has been arrested and released on bail in Banbridge, Co Down, after an online video of suspected dog abuse was reported to police - with the animal found safe and well.

The footage, which appears to show a man kicking out at a border collie and then dragging it away, was uploaded to the web on 29 December and then viewed by thousands of people.

Many alerted both police and the USPCA.

On Wednesday, the PSNI confirmed that a 43-year-old man had been arrested and that he was assisting with officers' enquiries.

He was later bailed pending further enquiries.

"The dog will be examined by a vet but appears to be in good health," a PSNI spokeswoman added.

Officers in Banbridge later revealed that the dog is called Bessie and is thought to be aged five.

A post on their Facebook page thanked the public for their help in reporting the matter and locating the animal.

"As the owner of pets myself, I understand how emotive such matters can be," the post added.

"This matter is now fully under control and managed by the appropriate authorities."

The USPCA had branded the footage "utterly appalling" and offered a £500 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Bessie goes for a ride in a police car.PIC: Bessie goes for a ride in a police car. © PSNI

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Conor in Belfast wrote (383 days ago):
Big lad kicking a poor defenceless dog! He should be prosecuted immediately, it will send a message this behaviour is not acceptable.
Ban bridge in Banbridge wrote (383 days ago):
Dog has been rehome after family/home checks hopefully it will be looked after as it deserves
Paul Baxter in Dromore wrote (383 days ago):
well done to all the organisations involved in this. The police wll now put a lot of effort into preparing a file for prosecution. If it getd to court our wonderful court system will hand out a paultry sentence.
IMcC in Lisburn wrote (383 days ago):
Why are the uspca getting involved in this? They take nothing do with domesticated animals. Jumping on the media bandwagon again
Helen Cathcart in Antrim wrote (383 days ago):
So glad to hear the dog is ok, and a well done to all those involved in her rescue from these vile people. The law must change in this country to protect animals this happens all to often if footage of this cruelty was not shown no one would have known how many more beatings would the dog have received. If any M L A is following these comments or have heard it on tv please all come together and fight for these innocent animals they don't deserve a life of torment.
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