Dorset

Man caught on CCTV 'dumping' limping pet dog in Dorset

A man is being sought after he was caught on CCTV appearing to dump a dog in Dorset.

The man is seen apparently taking the dog for a walk before he heads back to a car which drives off leaving the pet unable to catch up due to a limp.

The footage was taken on a camera at offices owned by BMT Defence Services in Weymouth last Friday.

The council is trying to rehome the dog, named Ginger, and trying to find the man.

The footage shows him getting into a rear seat of the car, suggesting at least two other people were present at the time.

Ginger, a Shetland cross terrier and about eight years old, was collected by wardens from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Image caption Ginger has been taken in by the council which is trying to rehome her

Ian Lewis, dog warden, said her claws were overgrown so "they were digging into her pads", which was causing her to limp.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw the footage - this was a callous act and beyond belief," he said.

"It may have been an old person's dog who had died and the new owners didn't want her or maybe someone thought she would cost lots in vets' bills.

"But she is in fine health, absolutely beautiful and has settled in really well.

"I have spoken to the RSPCA who said they will be seeking prosecution."

The maximum sentence for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.

The man seen on the CCTV is described as white, about 6ft tall, and he was wearing blue jeans and a brown top.

He was in a blue Kia Rio hatchback.

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