Longbridge police today arrested a man on suspicion of animal cruelty following an incident in Bristol Road South, Northfield, close to West Park Avenue.

Police were called just after 10am by members of the public who had reportedly stopped a man from beating his dog in the street.

A local male is currently in custody awaiting an interview with a police officer and RSPCA inspector about the incident.

Sergeant Karl Pierpoint said: “The incident reported to police was by two members of the public seeing a male hitting his husky dog.”

He said that two women had challenged the man when they witnessed him hitting his dog. After calling police, they also flagged down a local resident who was driving by. Tom McQuoid, a 26 year old audio visual engineer who lives in West Park Road, pulled over to help when he saw what was happening.

Tom managed to stop the man and take control of the dog. Police then arrived and arrested the man.

Sgt Pierpoint thanked members of the public involved and added: “The dog is currently safe and sound and re-homed with RSPCA until further notice.”

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA is investigating an incident of animal cruelty. As this is an active investigation we will not be making any further comment at this stage.”

Any witnesses should call Longbridge police on 101 with any information.

We are awaiting an update from RSPCA and will update when we can.


  1. Well done to the passers by who were brave enough to confront this cruel man. Sadly he will proberbly get off with a fine and a ban from the courts. The courts need to treat animal cruelty as cruelty to another human. The animals suffer no less than humans . I abhore any form of animal cruelty as they have no voice to defend themselves, or report it.


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