Shocking CCTV footage captured the man punching, kicking and throwing beer over a dog in the beer garden of the Royal Oak pub in Lewes.
A clip from the pub’s CCTV cameras was shared by The Argus, thanks to barmaid Mia Finch, in the bid to identify the man involved.And it worked! Hurrah for crowdsourcing and local social media!
After thousands of people watched the video and gave police and the RSPCA the man’s name and address, Sussex Police say they are no longer investigating.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “This is now an RSPCA investigation.”*rolls eyes*
The RSPCA said in a statement: “The RSPCA and police have traced and spoken to the man who features in CCTV footage obtained from The Royal Oak pub in Lewes following concerns raised for the welfare of a dog with the individual.
“An RSPCA inspector has also traced the dog, who does not belong to the man in the footage. Our inspector has examined the dog - a bull terrier cross type - who has no physical injuries and who is in a good condition.
“After speaking to the dog’s owner - who is not the individual featured in the CCTV footage - we are satisfied that the dog will be properly cared for.Because the owner has realised the wisdom of loaning his treasured pet to a drunk?
“The matter is now an ongoing RSPCA investigation, but we would like to thank those people who contacted us with information after seeing the CCTV footage which was shared online. “