Harrowing footage of a man repeatedly punching a dog has been released by the RSPCA in a bid for information.
The violent assault on the terrified dog - believed to be an American bulldog - was recorded on a Lancashire street by a member of the public who reported it to the RSPCA.
The incident took place on Hendon Road in Nelson, at around 3.15pm on Thursday December 10.
The RSPCA are now appealing for witnesses who may know the man or the whereabouts of the dog.
RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Booker said the dog was “clearly petrified”.
She said: “This is an urgent appeal to find the man in the footage, which we are releasing today, and the dog, whose welfare we are extremely concerned about.
“We hope that the images of him and the dog - a large white bull breed, we think probably an American bulldog - along with the location and time this happened will mean that those who know him will recognise him, and call us.
“This was a sustained attack on a dog which was clearly petrified and submissive and which had to be picked up and carried down the street afterwards.
“Please, if you have any specific information about this man, and where the dog is now, get in touch.”
Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Booker.