15/09/2016 Middlesbrough

Dog Attacked by Man on a Trials Bike in Thorntree Resulting in Severe Injuries

Police are appealing for information after a man attacked a small Whippet dog on the field on Millbrook Avenue in Thorntree.

The incident occurred at around 2pm yesterday, Wednesday 14th September, when a man on an off-road trials bike was riding on the field. The bike was driven towards the dog, the rider then skidded the bike and kicked the dog in the head.

The dog was kicked with such force that it sustained severe injuries, including fluid on the eye and a dislocated jaw and is currently receiving ongoing veterinary treatment.

After the attack the man was verbally abusive towards the owner of the dog and then rode off onto College Road.

The suspect is described as aged in his early twenties with short, blonde hair which was curly on top. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms and the trials bike he was riding was dark in colour, possibly due to it being covered in mud, with a red tank and a ripped seat, which appeared to have string or hay coming from it.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect or of the incident is asked to call Detective Constable Rachel Morgan on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.