A man was arrested on Wednesday evening for the alleged cruel beating of a dog in connection with an event on a train in Essex last month. Police released disturbing photos and video of a Staffordshire Bull terrier being savagely beaten by a man wearing a hoodie. The photos showed the dog hung by his leash, hit against the wall of the train, beaten in the head and then pressed up against the seat by the man’s foot. The incident occurred on the Braintree to Witham service in Essex, United Kingdom.
According to EchoNews, police arrested a 22-year-old Kieren Milledge, with no listed address for suspicion of animal cruelty. He has been released on bail until January 6, pending further inquiries. Media outlets report Milledge has been receiving death threats; authorities are warning citizens to stay away and leave the investigation to police.
from Chelmsford after appealing to the public for information. Authorities from the British Transport Police released the following statement:
“Following phenomenal interest and shares from the public a man has this afternoon been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, in connection with this investigation. This was an unbelievably shocking act of cruelty. No animal should ever be subjected to such punishment. Clearly this animal was frightened for its life as he emptied his bowls on the seat and train carriage.”
Images of the dog cruelly beaten and abused pulled off a closed circuit television video had been released by authorities asking for the public’s help identifying the man and the dog. According to Itv.com, authorities described the incident as an “unbelievably shocking act of cruelty.” The staff was forced to cancel the service to clean up dog feces and urine from the seat and walls of the train.
No followup information about the dog’s condition has been released.
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(Photo of beating of a dog via British Transport Police.)