Tayside and Central Scotland

Police hunt man seen beating dog in Grangemouth park

Police are searching for a man who was seen pinning his dog to the ground while punching and kicking it.

Two women witnessed the dog owner beating his young golden Labrador in Inchyra Park, Grangemouth, on Saturday morning.

The man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, attacked the dog after it failed to come to him when called.

He was seen punching the dog in the face and the muzzle before kicking it in the stomach.

Central Scotland Police said the women had been walking their dogs in the park at about 10:45 on Saturday when they saw the man.

Scruff of the neck

A police spokeswoman said: "As they were walking towards the football pitch area, he let the Labrador off its lead and it ran over to the women to play with the other dogs.

"When he called it back and it failed to return, he walked over to the area where the dogs were playing, grabbed the Labrador by the scruff of the neck and pinned it to the ground by kneeling on its shoulder.

"He then began to punch the dog on the face and muzzle, before kicking it in the stomach."

The women shouted at him stop and he picked the dog up before walking in the direction of Westerton Road. Police said he was believed to be local as he had been seen in the park on several occasions.

The man was described as about 5ft 8in tall with a stocky build and short, dark hair which is greying and receding at the crown.

He was wearing a black jacket with a grey collar and thin, grey horizontal stripe, and black trousers.

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