RSPCA chiefs today appealed for help to find a man seen hitting a dog with chain lead in a Sunderland street.
The incident happened at 6.30am yesterday in Percival Street, Pallion.
The dog - a female German shepherd-husky cross called Delilah - slipped her lead and ran into a nearby garden.
The man with her ran away and the dog is now in RSPCA care.
RSPCA inspector Catherine Maddison said: “A man - described as white and wearing dark clothing - was seen hitting Delilah with a chain lead.
“She got away from him and into a nearby garden before the man ran off.
“Delilah is micro-chipped - which is how we know her name - but the telephone number is out of service.
"Inquiries at the address on file suggest the owner has moved after rehoming her, so we’re drawing a blank.
“Delilah has been checked over by a vet to make sure she’s okay," she said.
"She has some marks on her face, but seems to be in good condition otherwise and is a lovely friendly dog."
Anyone who saw the incident, or knows who owns Delilah, is asked to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Insp Maddison.