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Did this man throw a greyhound into the North Sea?

This picture was taken by a member of public in the West View area of Hartlepool. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is investigating two reports of dogs being thrown into the sea at Hartlepool.

The picture, which appears to show greyhound, was taken near the beach in the West View area of the town last month, but the animal charity says it is not the first time similar incidents have been reported.

This picture was taken by a member of public in the West View area of Hartlepool. Credit: RSPCA

We are still making enquiries after we received a report that a group of men with a number of dogs were seen in Hartlepool repeatedly throwing one of the dogs - a greyhound - into the water last Thursday (2 November).

"An inspector attended the scene but the group were no longer there.

"Since then, we have been contacted by a member of the public who provided photos of what appears to be a man throwing a greyhound into the water the week before (Thursday 26 October).

"Anyone who may have witnessed either of these incidents, or may have more information, should contact us on 0300 1234 999.

– RSPCA