The RSPCA is investigating after four ducks were found dead in a Hartlepool park, after a man was seen encouraging his dog to attack them.
The birds were discovered at the park on Cowyn Road in Burn Valley on Saturday 11, November.
It's believed that a number of children witnessed the attack on the White Aylesbury ducks, which had their wings clipped and are not believed to be wild.
The animals had bite injuries to their faces and backs. Three injured ducks were taken to a local vets but sadly, two of those died, while another duck remains under vet care
RSPCA inspector Krissy Raine said this was a "heart breaking job".
The man is said to be in his early 30s, slim, wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, black Nike trainers and a black cap with a grey peak.
He had a little girl with him who was around three years old with curly brown hair.
She was wearing a blue coat with white flowers, stripy leggings and grey boots. The dog is said to be a medium size sandy coloured Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for RSPCA inspector Raine.