We took Phoebe to the beach this afternoon and when we arrived, there was a guy knee deep in the water with a young husky on a really tight lead who looked absolutely terrified! The water was right up to her back and she really wasn't happy at all. We watched him for a few seconds and he eventually allowed her back out of the water. He walked to the far end of the beach away from us.. then started yanking her about on the lead, pulling her around and then kicked her on the leg. The poor dog yelped and was trying desperately to get away from him so he trailed her around even more. I started walking towards him to tell him to stop when another man called me over. He said he'd been watching him for half an hour and was really concerned so was on the phone with the non emergency police. He was on hold for ages and when they eventually spoke to him, they told him all they could do would be to make a note of it and pass it on to the council when they open again tomorrow... Not much use when the poor dog was being abused in front of us and the guy causing the abuse would obviously be gone by tomorrow! We don't have a dog warden here either and our version of the RSPCA - the USPCA don't deal with domestic pets! The man said before we arrived, he thought the guy was actually going to drown the dog as he was trying to force her to lie down in the water.. so he'd stopped to keep an eye on him. He said once the husky owner realised he was watching him, he just stood in the water with her on a really short lead and only let her back out again when he realised we were also watching him too. The beach was absolutely packed today and other people had stopped as he kicked her again and was shaking her around by the collar while she was yelping. My OH and the man who rang the police then approached him and told him to stop hurting the dog. He said she was young and stubborn and he was training her to respect him. My OH offered to give him the telephone number of our trainer but he told them both to mind their own business and walked off again, trailing the dog beside him by her collar. We had no choice but to leave as my OH is visiting my mum in hospital tonight and the other man was also leaving. I feel awful thinking about that poor girl and how scared she was, but I don't know what else we could have done if the police aren't interested What a horrible life that poor dog must have..