Molly was picked up and thrown to the ground by a stranger on a public path.
Molly was picked up and thrown to the ground by a stranger on a public path.

Man attacks dog: ‘Her little legs were flailing around’

A MAN picked up a small dog by its collar and threw it to the ground as it was being walked by its teenage owner at the weekend.

Mum Amanda McKenzie asked for help to identify the man who accosted her daughter and their dog at Tennyson on Sunday around 5.15pm.

"Our daughter was walking our Westie along King Arthur Tce heading back towards Graceville approximately 250m from the tennis centre," she said.

An older man was approaching her on the same path.

"So she moved to the left hand side of the path and moved our dog Molly over and he just walked straight towards her. He bumped her and picked the dog up by the collar and kept walking. Her little legs were flailing around," Ms McKenzie said.

Molly was thrown to the ground in the attack.
Molly was thrown to the ground in the attack.

"But of course she was still holding onto the lead and so the lead wrapped around his legs and then he stopped and threw Molly to the ground and said 'you should just keep off the footpath!'"

Ms McKenzie said both her 17-year-old daughter and Molly were shaken but had recovered.

"My daughter certainly got a fright. And Westie's don't generally like people outside their own circle so she was a bit odd when she got home," she said.

"She walks Molly every Sunday. It's not like she's five and she's all over the road. She knows what to do and she's a very respectful and responsible child."

The man was wearing large dark sunglasses, possibly a red t-shirt and a hat.

"I just wanted to know if anyone knew this person or had seen anyone, just to go it's not on," she said.

"There's no excuse really."