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Disturbing moment girl hoists tiny dog in the air by its leash

This is the disturbing moment a girl hoists a tiny dog in the air by its leash then dangles the defenceless animal by the neck in a sea front car park.

In the unsettling footage, filmed in Ramsgate, Kent, the girl nonchalantly shifts the small dog around with her foot as it races around her.

She then leads the diminutive animal back towards a caravan and van parked nearby, as reported by Kent Online

The young woman then drags the animal by its lead to catch up with her, before dangling it in the air by its lead. 

The footage was widely circulated on social media in local Facebook groups, with one person commenting the woman was 'horrible with her dog.' 

The seafront area where the footage was filmed has had two unauthorised traveller encampments in recent years and the council has formed a Traveller Scrutiny Working Group to investigate long-term proposals.

There are currently no authorised pitches for travellers in Thanet, where Ramsgate is located.

The Thanet Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA), undertaken by Thanet Council earlier this year, suggested the district should provide five Traveller pitches in the five year period to 2022.

In the unsettling footage, filmed in Ramsgate, Kent, the girl nonchalantly shifts the small dog around with her foot as it races around her

She then leads the diminutive animal back towards a caravan and van parked nearby

The young woman then drags the animal by its lead to catch up with her, before dangling it in the air by its lead

Nicola Walker, spokesman for the RSPCA, told the local newspaper it is aware of the incident, but did not confirm if an investigation has been launched. 

She said: 'We are so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and we would like to reassure people we will always look into and, if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.

'Unfortunately we are unable to discuss complaints about specific people and what action may have been taken.

'We understand how frustrating that is for animals lovers but releasing information could prejudice a future investigation or could lead to us being fined.

'A lot of the time issues will be dealt with by advice and education and it is not always appropriate to publicise this information for legal reasons.' 

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