Dumped Dorset dog owner 'found in Lancashire'

The RSPCA said it is investigating whether a Lancashire man is the owner of a dog seen on CCTV being "dumped".

A man was filmed in Weymouth, Dorset, last Friday, apparently taking the dog for a walk and then leaving the animal to get into a car which drove off.

The pet was unable to catch up due to a limp. The RSPCA said it intends to interview the man, who lives in Preston, and anyone else connected.

Hundreds of people have come forward to rehome the dog, named as Ginger.

Image caption Ginger will be rehomed following hundreds of inquiries

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "We have received information about a possible owner and we are following it up.

"We are also reviewing the CCTV footage to progress the inquiry."

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 has started to "come out of her shell".

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.

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