A SHOCKING picture of a dog being pulled along a South Derbyshire road by its owner from the back of a van has been released by animal welfare chiefs.
The RSPCA published the image in the hope that it will allow investigators to track down the person responsible for the incident in Catton Road, Walton upon Trent.
The photo, captured by a passing motorist, shows a man sitting on the floor of the van with the back doors open and was holding a tan-coloured boxer dog or bull terrier type dog by a lead.
The van was moving, forcing the dog to run along behind it at a frantic pace.
The motorist took a photo of the incident as they were about to overtake the vehicle.
It is estimated that the van was going as fast as 15mph.
The motorist said that the dog was clearly struggling with the speed at which it was being forced to run to try and keep up.
The van was a white Transit type with Guardian Roofing written on the side, although it is thought that this refers to a style of roofing rather than a company name.
The incident happened at 4pm on May 2.
The RSPCA have been following up other leads before deciding to publicise the incident in the hope that someone will know who was behind this.
RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley said: “Although this happened a while ago now, we are hoping that someone in the area knows who these people are.
“A dog shouldn’t be forced to run behind a moving vehicle and we’d be very concerned for the welfare of this animal if its owners think that this is the right way to treat their pet.”
The man was described as white and was wearing a light grey hooded top, dark jeans, a dark blue baseball cap and brown shoes.
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 03001 238018.