The sickening clip shows the man picking up the tiny pooch by its neck after the dog did not want to walk in the store. The helpless animal is then left hanging in the air as the man does his shopping. The RSPCA has launched an investigation into the disturbing incident, which happened at the Co-op in Romford, Essex, at about midday on February 15.
Another shopper reported the man to the RSPCA who then visited the shop and found the footage.
Inspector Jemima Cooper said: “We were contacted by another customer in the shop who was concerned by the man’s treatment of the dog so I visited and spoke to staff who reviewed the CCTV and found this upsetting footage.
“The little dog doesn’t seem to want to go into the shop but is dragged in and along the aisles.
“While the man is casually perusing the shelves, he grabs the dog by his neck and picks him up before carrying him around the store as he continues his shopping.
“This is no way to handle or carry a dog and could be extremely painful and uncomfortable for the dog.”
Inspector Cooper urged anyone who recognises the man to contact the RSPCA.
She said: “I’m really keen to speak to this man and would ask that anyone who knows him or saw what happened on the day to get in touch.”
He is wearing a grey tracksuit, black baseball cap and trainers.
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Cooper.
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