RSPCA start probe over CCTV 'dumped' Dorset dog Ginger
The RSPCA has begun an investigation after a dog was captured on CCTV being "dumped" by its owner.
The man was filmed in Weymouth last Friday, apparently taking the dog for a walk and then driving off leaving the pet unable to catch up due to a limp.
The dog, named Ginger, will be rehomed after the kennels the council placed it in received hundreds of offers from people across the UK.
The RSPCA confirmed an inquiry was under way.
Ian Lewis, Weymouth Borough Council's dog warden, said: "I am pleased that the RSPCA is investigating the case.
"That is not the way to dispose of a dog [when] there are so many charities that are willing to help."
As a result of the incident, a Facebook campaign page has been set up called "Find the Evil Man Who Dumped This Dog".
It has so far attracted 72 followers.
The man is reported to be from the Preston area in Lancashire, according to Mr Lewis who was sent details from the Facebook campaign page.
Woodlands Farm Kennels in Bridport - where Ginger is being looked after - said it had received interest from people across England, Scotland and Wales.
A spokeswoman said: "Ginger is just beginning to come out of her shell.
It usually takes about a week for [an animal] to come out of its shell after a traumatic time.
"It is nice to know we will be able to find her a new home."
The footage showed the man getting into a rear seat of the car, suggesting at least two other people were present at the time.
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.