A 37 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after a video was released by the RSPCA of a dog being punched.
Police, with RSPCA inspector Charlotte Booker and dog warden Gareth Aspey, made an arrest of a man in Nelson today. A dog has been seized under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
A spokesman for the RSPCA, said: “A man has been arrested under the Animal Welfare Act after an RSPCA appeal for information.
“The man is now at a local police station and will be interviewed by the RSPCA, who are leading the investigation.
“The dog, an adult bull terrier, has been checked over by a vet and is doing well. She is in RSPCA care.”
RSPCA inspector Booker said: “The response we have had from the public over the past 48 hours has been absolutely huge and we are grateful to everyone who has shared our appeal, and who has been in touch with the information we needed.”
The appeal was viewed 3.5 million times on Facebook, shared more than 16,000 times and generated over 10,700 comments from concerned animal-lovers.
“While we understand people will want more information, this is now an active investigation so we can’t say any more at this time,” added RSPCA inspector Booker.
PC Nigel Keates said: “We understand this is an emotive subject but we urge restraint and request names and addresses are not banded about on social media as this may jeopardise any future prosecution.