LOCAL NEWS: Police appeal for information after alleged animal cruelty incident

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Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident that occurred on Bournemouth beach after receiving a report of animal cruelty. 

On Wednesday 12 August 2020 at 8.13pm, Dorset Police received a report concerning the welfare of a woman after she was seen allegedly attempting to strangle her dog – a golden Rhodesian Ridgeback – on the beach to the right of Bournemouth Pier. 

The police arrested a 45 year-old woman at the scene on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. She’s now helping the officers with their enquiries into the incident. 

The dog was seized by the police, who took it to a vet for a check-up as a precaution. 

Police Sergeant Paul Mellor, of Dorset Police’s Volume Crime Team, said: “I am keen to hear from anyone who was on the beach yesterday evening and may have witnessed what happened.

“I believe there was a large number of people in the area at the time and I would urge anyone who has not already spoken to police to please get in touch.”

If you have any information that might help the police with their investigation, please contact Dorset Police via their website, by email or by calling 101 and quoting occurrence number 55200120197. To report information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit their website.

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