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Greyhound Dougal kicked to death in front of owner on Whitstable beach as owner walked it near Neptune pub

06 June 2014
by Jamie Bullen

A greyhound was kicked to death in front of horrified witnesses on Whitstable beach.

Investigations by both the police and RSPCA are taking place to establish why six-year-old greyhound Dougal was killed by a man on a morning walk.

The savage incident took place close to the Neptune pub in full view of witnesses who described the dog’s owner as shaking with fear afterwards.

Greyhound Dougal, similar to this one pictured, was killed during a beach walk

Greyhound Dougal, similar to this one pictured, was killed during a beach walk

In the lead-up, it’s believed Dougal was restrained by his owner from attacking a small dog off the lead which belonged to the man.

Witnesses say the man repeatedly kicked Dougal as he recoiled behind his owner before leaving with his wife, a friend and his two small dogs.

RAF pilot Steve Tindall was taking a break from a cycle ride close to the seafront when the attack took place.

He said it was the most distressing incident he had ever seen, despite serving in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones.

Mr Tindall said: “It was honestly one of the most hideous and distressing things I have ever seen and I’ve served in two Gulf wars and Afghanistan.

The walker was taking his greyhound along Whitstable beach

The walker was taking his greyhound along Whitstable beach

“It was just so brutal, unnecessary and unexpected at a time when everyone should be out enjoying themselves. The beach in Whitstable is a beautiful and pleasant scene.

“I wanted to go after him but I was speaking to the police for so long that the three of them just vanished.

“You could tell he was someone in a flaming rage and he showed absolutely no concern whatsoever.

“You could tell he was someone in a flaming rage and he showed absolutely no concern whatsoever..." - Steve Tindall

“The policeman I spoke to said he wished he could be locked up.”

Mr Tindall said he walked the devastated owner home following the incident and has kept in touch while he comes to terms with his dog’s death.

He added: “I walked him home and last Sunday we decided to take our dogs out together, but he is worried about the reprisals if he does say something.

“He’s also scared about returning to the beach.”

It’s understood the man phoned police to inform them of the incident, claiming Dougal had attacked his wife and dog moments before, which is also being investigated by police.

Police spokesman Sally Smith confirmed a 48-year-old man from Hollingbourne had been interviewed in connection with the incident.

RSPCA spokesman Calie Rydings said: “We can confirm this was reported to the RSPCA via the police regarding an incident where a greyhound was kicked to death on Whitstable beach on May 25 at around 10am.

“The RSPCA is currently investigating the incident and we would urge anyone who saw this happen to contact us in confidence on 0300 123 8018.”


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