A mother-of-three shamed a dog walker online by sharing images of her apparently carrying the pet by the collar – only to have police order her to remove them as it was upsetting the alleged culprit.
Animal lover Lena Black, 36, had taken her family on holiday to Belhaven Beach in Dunbar, Scotland, last month when she spotted the woman walking her three dogs.
However to Ms Black’s horror, she claims the owner became agitated that one of her Jack Russells had gone in the sea and picked the dog up by its collar.
Animal lover Lena Black, 36, had taken her family on holiday to Belhaven Beach in Dunbar, Scotland, last month when she spotted the woman walking her three dogs. However tshe claims the owner became agitated that one of her Jack Russells had gone in the sea and picked the dog up by its collar (pictured)
Despite confronting the walker over the ‘cruel’ way she was carrying her pet, Ms Black claims the woman again lifted the poor dog up by just its collar to carry it, almost choking it.
Appalling images taken by Ms Black as she followed the woman show the defenceless dog dangling by its neck with its tiny legs flailing wildly.
After more than 2,000 shocked animal lovers shared or voiced their horror at the photos on Facebook, Lena was stunned when police called her to say the woman had complained and asked her to remove them.
Ms Black, who is a full-time mother from Linlithgow, said: ‘It’s disgusting. No dog should be treated that way.
After more than 2,000 shocked animal lovers shared or voiced their horror at the photos on Facebook, Lena was stunned when police called her to say the woman had complained and asked her to remove them
‘When I shared the pictures online, everyone was raging. I have had loads of private messages from people wanting to know what had happened to her.
‘I think it must be traumatising and will choke the dog. I was concerned for the dog’s safety. I was shocked by the way the police dealt with it. The officer even said he was a dog lover.
‘Haddington Police station phoned and asked me to take the post down because the women had been in and complained.’
While at the beach with her boyfriend, three children and niece, Ms Black claims to have spotted the woman trying to stop one of her three dogs from playing in the water.
Lena (pictured) a full-time mother, said: ‘It’s disgusting. No dog should be treated that way’
Ms Black, who previously owned a dog but now owns three cats, said: ‘I’m not sure why she was bothered about it being in the water.
‘Perhaps it was because our kids were in the water but the dog wasn’t doing anything vicious towards the kids or anything.
‘She grabbed the dog by the collar and walked with the dog like that and then let it go and it came running up towards me.
‘She thanked me for stopping the dog. The dog was quite happy to stay with me, it was just enjoying being petted and so on.
‘I said it was no bother, and that I loved dogs and I do not like people being cruel to them so please do not lift your dog up by its collar in front of myself or my kids.
‘She just made a face and picked the dog up by its collar again and started walking away so I took the pictures of her and just shouted ‘knock yourself out’. It was very arrogant.
‘She carried the dog like that for two or three minutes, it was very cruel. It must have been in pain. I was watching for her to go to her car as I wanted to get her licence plate.
‘In the end I went over there to see what car she got into and I passed her number plate on to the SPCA.’
Then Ms Black shared the images on Facebook, where it was shared and reacted to more than 2,300 times, and she was inundated with messages from appalled animal lovers.
However to her surprise, a few days later she was telephoned by a police officer who said they had received a complaint from the woman in the photos.
Ms Black said: ‘They said she had been in and complained about the post, that they had no concerns over the dog and that she had grabbed the dog like that because some kids were throwing stones in the water.
‘They said it was the only time she’d done it and would never do it again. But those photos are of the second time she has done it – I saw her do it just minutes before that too when stopping it go in the water.’
Feeling like she had no choice, Ms Black removed the images but believes that it will not be the last time that the dog owner carries her pet in that way.
Ms Black said: ‘From the way the woman was with the dog it would not surprise me if this was how she often handles her dog.
‘I don’t think me sharing it has done anything to put her off doing it again unfortunately, especially now she’s been able to have it taken down.’
Police Scotland confirmed that East Lothian officers did contact Ms Black after receiving a ‘report of concern for content posted online’.
They stated that the incident was not a criminal matter but both parties were ‘spoken to and suitable advice was given’.
While the Scottish SPCA had no records of the incident they stressed the importance of looking after pets properly.
Scottish SPCA Deputy Chief Superintendent Tom Gatherer said: ‘At all times we stress the importance of responsible pet ownership.
‘We urge anyone concerned about the welfare of any animal to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.’