Stoke & Staffordshire

Dog 'cruelly' dragged by van in Stoke taken into care

Tan coloured dog dragged behind white transit van Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption The onlooker reported the dog looked exhausted whilst the person in the van laughed

A dog that was "cruelly" dragged behind a van has been taken into care by the RSPCA.

A witness alerted the organisation after seeing the dog being dragged three times around Fenton Industrial Estate, Stoke-on-Trent.

The charity said the female lurcher-type was seized by police but had "no serious injuries".

The dog will remain in the care of the RSPCA while investigations into the incident last Tuesday are ongoing.

A spokesman said: "Following our appeal, we received information which led to the seizure of the dog by police."

Asked about whether the owner has been traced, the RSPCA said it would not comment at this stage.

The eyewitness who took a picture of the dog being dragged from the white van said: "The people inside the vehicle were laughing".

The dog was described as "looking exhausted" during the incident in Spedding Road.

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