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Outrage after reports of man beating dog at Dundee beauty spot

People are advised not to swim in Clatto this weekend.
People are advised not to swim in Clatto this weekend.

An appeal for witnesses has been launched following claims a dog was beaten at a popular Dundee beauty spot.

Missing Pets Dundee and Angus have taken to social media in a bid to trace a man spotted “severely kicking” the animal, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or similar breed, at Clatto Reservoir at about 11am.

The man is said to be in his early 20s with long, black curly hair which was in a side parting.

He is said to have kicked the animal several times in the ribs to the extent that one onlooker was fearful it was left “in agony”.

He is said to have been walking with a man of about 60, who had a white, terrier-type dog.

The dog said to have been abused dog was a male, and was white with a tan patch over its head.

Missing Pets Tayside and Angus posted to Facebook: “Were you up at Clatto Reservoir today at 11am and saw a male white Staffy type dog with tan patch over his ear and head being SEVERELY kicked numerous times in the ribs?

“Please read the following and contact SSPCA anonymously (if you wish) if you recognise who this might be and can give an address or names. Poor dog must be in agony.

“Abused dog was with two men. One guy was really booting it in the ribs, he was about 20 – 25 really long black curly hair in a side parting, wearing blue zip up jacket grey joggers trainers.

“Other man was around 60-ish and he had a white longer haired terrier type dog. He was wearing blue quilted jacket blue jeans and black shoes.”

The person who wrote into the page said he “challenged” the younger dog walker but was told “it’s his dog”.

The older man apparently “wasn’t perturbed by his actions”.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “We have not been alerted to an incident at Clatto Reservoir in Dundee today.

“Anyone concerned about the welfare of an animal should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Tayside Police Division said they have not yet received a report of the incident.

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