Hunt is on for man af­ter this pic­ture emerges

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Re­porter RSPCA in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ap­peal­ing for help af­ter this hor­ri­fy­ing pic­ture emerged of a man ap­par­ently throw­ing a grey­hound into the North Sea.

The pic­ture taken on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26 by a hor­ri­fied passer-by ap­pears to show a man throw­ing a dog into the choppy sea at Steet­ley Beach, Hartle­pool.

The RSPCA is mak­ing en­quiries into the re­port and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing sep­a­rate claims men were seen us­ing a rope to drag nine grey­hounds through the wa­ter on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2.

An RSPCA spokes­woman said: “We are still mak­ing en­quiries af­ter we re­ceived a re­port that a group of men with a num­ber of dogs were seen in Hartle­pool re­peat­edly throw­ing one of the dogs - a grey­hound - into the wa­ter last Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2.

“An in­spec­tor at­tended the scene but the group were no longer there.

“Since then we have been con­tacted by a mem­ber of the pub­lic who pro­vided pho­tos of what ap­pears to be a man throw­ing a grey­hound into the wa­ter the week be­fore, on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 26.

“Any­one who may have wit­nessed either of these in­ci­dents, or may have more in­for­ma­tion, should con- tact us on 0300 1234 999.”

The wit­ness who saw the men pulling dogs through the sea with ropes said: “I spot­ted the blokes and there were about seven to nine dogs on leads.

“Then as we got nearer I saw there was a big red rope.

“He then walked the dog down the pier, picked it up, got to the end, lifted it up and put it in the wa­ter.

“We were just in shock – you hear of peo­ple get­ting rid of grey­hounds that way.

“He didn’t pull the dog along, he kept the rope level so the dog had to swim for it­self.

“I wanted to say some­thing but my two dogs were with me. He never took his eyes off us.”

Her ac­count was posted on Face­book and sparked shock, although some com­ment­ing on the posts be­lieve the dogs could be un­der­go­ing a form of hy­drother­apy, but the woman found that hard to be­lieve.

She said: “To put dogs in the sea for hy­drother­apy – I can un­der­stand that.

“I can un­der­stand them do­ing it on a sunny day.

“But I said to my son-in-law that the sea was aw­ful that day.

“I’d never seen the sea so close to the dunes.

“I don’t know how they didn’t get washed off.” EYE WIT­NESS

Pic­ture shows a man ap­pear­ing to throw a grey­hound into the sea at Hartle­pool

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