A thug viciously kicked a dog before pushing the owner over during a row in the street.
The man had been walking with a woman and child towards the sea in Bournemouth, Dorset, when he encountered a woman in her 50s and her small collie-cross dog.
During the exchange, which took place at about 1.45pm yesterday in West Cliff Gardens, near to the Riviera Hotel, the man repeatedly kicked out at the dog before pushing the woman over.
A passerby took a photo on their camera phone at the moment the man swung his right leg towards the head of the dog.
He appears to be aged in is mid-40s and was wearing a red top and dark jeans at the time.
The victim suffered slight injuries. It is not thought that her pet was seriously harmed.
Police officers searched the area but could not locate the man.
Dorset Police said the man was seen to ‘kick the dog repeatedly and assault the owner’.
Police Constable Laura Boobier, of Bournemouth police, said: ‘We are continuing to make enquiries to identify the man involved.
‘I would urge anyone with information as to this man’s identity, or who witnessed the incident in West Cliff Gardens, to please contact us.’