SHOCKING footage has emerged online of a man violently kicking a dog, allegedly after punching it in the head, at a popular beach on the Gold Coast.
The RSPCA confirmed on Monday afternoon that it had assigned inspectors to investigate the incident, which allegedly unfolded on the side of the Gold Coast Highway at Palm Beach.
Video of the incident shows a shirtless man in black shorts and thongs getting a dog, believed to be a blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, off the back of his Holden Commodore ute and kicking it, before violently yanking on its lead.
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A mother standing in a nearby carpark started filming the incident on her phone after watching in disbelief as the man allegedly got out of his ute and punched the dog in the head. See the video here.
The woman, who myGC has chosen not to identify here, said the man “closed fist punched” the “poor blue staffy” in the head while yelling at the dog to “settle down” before “kicking it and dragging it around by its lead”.
“The poor dog was just super excited about being at the beach,” the woman said. “…[the dog] clearly had no training plus the guy had no control of the dog.”
The mother said she had to stop herself from stepping in and saying something to man because she had her baby daughter with her and “the guy seemed pretty aggressive”.
“My blood was boiling,” she said. “I made it very clear to him when he noticed me I was filming him in disgust.”
Instead, she took a photo of the man’s ute and number plate and reported the incident before posting the cringe-worthy vision to Facebook from where it has since gone viral.
A woman, believed to be the man’s partner, is also seen in the footage tending to another dog on the back of the ute at the time and stands with her back turned, seemingly unaware of the man’s actions.
The RSPCA said it was investigating the incident late on Monday afternoon and thanked the public for their concern.
“This has been reported from a first party source and our Inspectors are currently investigating the matter further,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“We appreciate the concern many people have shown.”
The RSPCA said it was too early in their investigation to discuss potential charges.
The footage has sparked outrage online where, at the time of writing, it had been viewed more than half a million times across multiple platforms and garnered thousands of comments from infuriated animal lovers.
“This man is a disgrace!!!,” one person wrote on Facebook. “The poor dog was only trying to get off the hot road. This man needs to be charged and be told he can NEVER own any pet ever again!!!!”
“I cannot put into words how angry this makes me!,” another said. “Please just let the poor dog be taken from him and given to someone that respects and loves animals.”
See the video here.