Dog punch man hunted after Norwich street attack

A man punching a dog in Jex Road, Norwich Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption A man was seen punching the dog four times in quick succession

Named suspects are being sought in the hunt for a man seen repeatedly punching a dog in a Norwich street.

CCTV footage showed the man striking the unknown breed four times after attaching a lead in Jex Road.

RSPCA inspector Laura Sayer said the punches were landed with "considerable force" and the dog showed "clear signs of fear".

The RSPCA said a "number of names" had been put forward in connection with the attack at 13:30 GMT on 9 February.

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Image caption The man landed the punches before attaching a lead to the dog
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Image caption The dog had been wandering loose shortly before it was punched

The charity said it had not been able to establish the breed of the dog but it was believed to be a "bull breed type", with white markings on its front leg and chest.

The dog is seen wandering loose in the footage, filmed from a camera at a nearby property. The man punches the animal four times on the side before attaching a lead to its collar.

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Image caption The man is seen walking off with the dog attached to a lead

An RSPCA spokesman said: "We have had several names put forward and we are investigating.

"We are pleased that there has been such a strong response from the public to what happened."

He said no arrests had been made.

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