A defenceless dog which was filmed being kicked and punched by a woman on a South Yorkshire street is now in the care of the RSPCA.
Yesterday The Star uploaded the vile video, filmed on a phone by a concerned member of the public, appearing to show a woman repeatedly abusing a white dog as she walked in Penistone.
The video was shared thousands of times and hundreds of people uploaded horrified comments.
In the wake of the publicity, the RSPCA had said that the dog on the video – as well as a second dog – is now safe.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a lurcher has been seized by police and placed under RSPCA care. A second dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier-cross, was also seized.
“Investigations are ongoing so we can’t give any more information at this time.
“We would also like to remind the public that we do not condone any sort of malicious communication or abusive behaviour online, or otherwise.”