A WOMAN has been arrested after allegedly trying to strangle a dog on a beach.

Officers investigating the alleged animal cruelty incident in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. 

Dorset Police was called at 8.13pm on Wednesday, August 12, to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman who had allegedly attempted to strangle her dog on the beach to the right of Bournemouth pier.

A spokesman said: "Officers attended and arrested a 45-year-old local woman on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. She is assisting officers with their enquiries."

The dog – a golden Rhodesian Ridgeback – was seized by officers and taken to the vets as a precaution.

Police Sergeant Paul Mellor, of Dorset Police’s Volume Crime Team, said: “I am keen to hear from anyone who was on the beach on Wednesday evening and may have witnessed what happened.

“I believe there was a large number of people in the area at the time and I would urge anyone who has not already spoken to police to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200120197. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.