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Nine greyhounds muzzled and thrown into the North Sea

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The RSPCA is warning that images of a greyhound being thrown into the sea is not an isolated incident and have launched an investigation.

A local Facebook page released the images on Thursday which showed a man throwing a dog into the North Sea during windy and freezing conditions.

Members of the public have both supported and defended the actions of the individual captured within the image.

Hartlepool News & Alerts released an image which showed a dog being held over the north sea moments before it was dropped into the water.

The RSPCA have now told Police Hour they believe the incident is ‘Not Isolated’ and have launched a pro-active investigation.

RSPCA launch investigation

They are now investigating a report that three men were seen dragging nine muzzled greyhounds along the pier and then throwing them 4ft into the sea and dragging them back out of the sea again and repeating the process.

The RSPCA has said “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, November 2. 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, on

“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, on Thursday, October 26.”

Please stop this Cruelty 

Hundreds of people have left comments on the Hartlepool News & Alerts Facebook page reacting to the shocking image.

Julie Allen commented, “This is a cruel act the picture shows it all the poor dog will probably drown with shock please stop this cruelty!”

Jennifer Berry said “Maybe someone should tie a rope around them and throw them into the North Sea leave them just long enough to let the fear get to them that they are going to drown and die then drag them back out”

While Annie Bush added “What is wrong with some people. people think it is ok to be this cruel”

Venessa Pagan said “need the electric chair or to be hung what they did years ago”

Method of Training

A number of people confirmed that this was a method of training the Greyhounds to ensure they are able to strengthen their legs without the risk of a splint, they are apparently tied to a safety rope and walked back up the pier on the guide rope to ensure they are able to safely exit the water.

Mark Ellett supported the actions commenting that “In all fairness, I think those people could be greyhound trainers, making the dogs swim to strengthen their legs without the risk of a splint by running them”

Carl Foster added “It’s tied to a rope seen them do it loads of times. The tide is always bad in the north sea in the summer there in with the dogs walking along why the dogs swim beside them.

Kailee Carter, in conclusion, added “It’s not a proper method of training racing dogs. Proper trainers use swimming pools that are temperature regulated. Training greyhounds using swimming isn’t that common actually anymore as it was found to not be very effective. That man in that picture whether training for racing or not clearly doesn’t care about the welfare of the animal. And I cant see it winning many races if it is being trained for that”

Anyone who may have witnessed either of these incidents or may have more information should contat the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.”

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Tragic Girl aged nine died following North Yorkshire Rock Fall

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A girl aged nine has sadly died after suffering serious head injuries in a rock fall on a beach in North Yorkshire.

Emergency services responded to the horrific incident just after 4.45pm following reports a girl has been hurt.

Despite frantic efforts by emergency service workers she sadly died at the scene.

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed the sad news and have also said they are supporting the family at this difficult time.

Police, Fire, Ambulance, Air Ambulance and the Coastguard all worked together to attempt to save the girls life.

Police Hours thoughts and preys at this difficult time are with this young girls family and friends.

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Help support the family of Three young children who have tragically lost their mum

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Police Hour is looking to help support the family of Kelly Franklin who was murdered in Hartlepool, Having personally known Kelly as a wonderful person we would like to raise some money to help support her children.

It was very tragic and saddening that we reported the murder of Kelly, but to find out within hours this was the Kelly we knew, the Kelly that had a heart of gold and the Kelly that ensured other peoples children never went without, we really had to try and do something to help and support her children.

After Kelly Franklin was murdered she was the mum of three wonderful children who have been left heartbroken.

Police Hour has set up a JustGiving Appeal to help support the three young children following the tragic murder of their mum.

Kelly Franklin who sadly died on Friday 3rd August on Oxford Road in Hartlepool was such a loving, caring, beautiful young mother of three whose life has been tragically cut short.

Kelly was always bursting with life, happiness and joy and you would not bump into her without seeing a beautiful smile on her face. She was loved by so many and always had time for others.

Her three beautiful children were her most treasured things in her life and they are all in complete shock and horror that their mother’s life has been taken away from them and us so suddenly.

It is so difficult to find the words to describe how the family feels at this moment.

If you would like to support the appeal please click here to donate. Thank you for your support.

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Two arrested after Kelly Franklin Murdered in Hartlepool

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Kelly Franklin has been named after being attacked with a knife in Hartlepool.

Kelly was a kind and caring mother of three young children. She sadly died after suffering significant injuries on Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue in the town.

Kelly was aged just 29 years old. A 30-year-old who was known to Kelly is currently in Police Custody.

Specially trained officers are supporting Kelly’s family and our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time.

Detectives would like to again appeal for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch with them.

Police believe that Oxford Road would have been busy with vehicles travelling along Oxford Road on Friday evening, and that it is a route often used by buses and taxis.

Any drivers who were in the area of Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue at around 9pm on Friday evening, particularly anyone who may have dash cam footage, are asked to call them on 101.

Two people, a 30-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, remain in custody on suspicion of murder.

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