Friday 15 December 2017

Porsche 911 Carrera driver held over 'horrific' dog dragging death

Andrew Hough

A PORSCHE driver suspected of dragging a dog for several miles behind his vehicle before dumping the pet in a lay-by has been arrested.

The 33-year-old driver, who has not been named, was held on suspicion of animal cruelty after handing himself in to police on Monday night.

The man, from Worthing, West Sussex, was arrested after the pet's dead body was found by the side of the A27 in nearby Shoreham.

It is thought the Beagle Collie cross had been pulled by its lead at up to 70mph behind a black Porsche 911 Carrera.

The RSPCA said the animal would have suffered "physically and mentally" during its ordeal.

Police also described the animal's injuries as "horrific", adding that it was "distressing for everyone involved".

Detectives are investigating whether the incident was a deliberate act amid claims it could have been triggered by a domestic row between the dog's owners.

On Tuesday, Sussex police disclosed that the man had handed himself in to Worthing police station after a nationwide appeal was launched in the UK.

A spokeswoman said: "A 33-year-old Worthing man has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after a dog was discovered dead at the side of the A27 on Sunday.

"The man handed himself into Worthing Police Station last night (Monday) and remains in custody today (Tuesday)."

A witness spotted the luxury vehicle being driven with a dog tied to the back at Devil's Dyke beauty spot car park north of Brighton at 10pm on Sunday.

Half an hour later an off duty police officer spotted the animal tied to the back of the car as it sped through the Southwick Tunnel six miles away.

The driver is said to have dumped the pet's dead body in a lay-by next to the tunnel and drove off towards Worthing.

Sussex Police PC Scott Walters said: "This is being treated as a deliberate act. The injuries this dog suffered were horrific. It has been distressing for everyone involved."

According to a police source, detectives are investigating whether the alleged incident may have been triggered by a domestic dispute between the dog's owners.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman added: "A witness reported seeing a black Porsche Carrera being driven around with a dog tied to the back at the Devils Dyke car park at Brighton at 10pm.

"The car was then spotted at 10.30pm on the A27 westbound just past the Southwick Tunnel still dragging the dead dog along. It then pulled into a lay-by.

"When officers arrived they found the dumped body of the dog, a Beagle Collie cross. They took the dog to a local vets."

It is hoped that CCTV cameras could be provide crucial evidence as the Porsche drove along the A27 and through the 300 metre tunnel.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said the dog's body had been kept as evidence.

She said: "We would very much like to help the police with this matter and to hear from anyone who saw this horrific incident or who might have taken a note of the car's registration plate.

"This was an unbelievable thing to do to an animal. It would have suffered both physically and mentally during its ordeal."

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