Friday 28 April 2017

Horrified pet owners react to 'friendly' dog with duct tape muzzle

Pet owners called the muzzle 'barbaric' and 'cruel' Photo: Lesley Wickenden Facebook
Pet owners called the muzzle 'barbaric' and 'cruel' Photo: Lesley Wickenden Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Pet owners were horrified when they spotted a 'friendly' bulldog being muzzled with duct tape and rope.

Shocked passerby Lesley Wickenden spotted the dog outside a Lidl store in Brighton and called the RSPCA.

The owner of the dog claimed police advised him to tie the dog up in that way.

The owner told Ms Wickenden that the dog had nearly bitten him before.

She said: 'The animal has feelings and it was wrong if I just drove past."

The animal charity have visited the owner but still remains in their care.

Dog owners reacted with shock and horror to the photo.

Asher Naylor commented: “This makes me angry. I have the same dog. This needs to be sorted!”

Nicola Tulloch said: “Disgusting way to treat a dog.”

Bev Bassett added: “Common sense tells you this is not the right thing to do."

A spokesman for the RSPCA told local media: “We received a number of calls from people last Friday (Sep 30), after they had seen the images of the dog online.

“We shared the public’s concerns and an RSPCA inspector visited the man on Saturday morning (Oct 1), and they assured our officer that it had only a temporary measure after his dog’s original muzzle broke while he had been out visiting his mother.

“The RSPCA provided the man with a new muzzle for his dog and advised him to purchase a new one so that it can be properly fitted.

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