The cruelty of man knows no bound. On 2nd of November, people in Hartlepool, County Durham. saw three men walking towards the end of the pier with nine muzzled greyhounds. One of the men then threw a dog in the water before yanking him out on a long leash. He did that several times.
"They were being carried out to the end of the structure and unceremoniously flung in from a height of about 4ft and a distance, through the air, of 6ft," said a witness who didn't want to be named. "The waves were quite strong and my first thought was, once they had surfaced, what if they were propelled by the crashing waves into the rusting sides of the pier? There was a significant number of dogs in the group and it appeared that they were being taken out one by one."
"I have never heard of anything like this before, there is just no logic to it," said John Stephenson, who runs Greyhound Rescue North East. "Why on earth would anyone throw a dog into the sea like this in freezing cold conditions, it is just stupid." Meanwhile, the RSPCA is encouraging more witnesses to step forward: "We are still making inquiries after we received a concerning report that a group of men with a number of dogs were seen in Hartlepool repeatedly throwing one of the dogs - a greyhound - into the water on Thursday, November 2.
An inspector launched an investigation and attended the scene, but the group were no longer there. Since then we have been contacted by a member of the public who provided photos of what appears to be a man throwing the dog into the water."