A GANG of youngsters who were causing a nuisance on a street kicked and punched a pet dog.

Members of the group, numbering around 20, laid into a Jack Russell-type dog called Millie at the top of New Road in Earby.

They are now being sought over the attack at around 7.40pm on Saturday November 16

RSPCA inspector Adam Dickenson said: “There was a disturbance involving a large number of young people on the street outside Millie’s house.

“Her owner opened their door to see what was going on and Millie ran out.

“Several of the teenagers kicked and beat Millie before her owner was able to get to her.

“She was bleeding from her mouth and eye and suffered bruising to the left side of her face, both sides of her body and her back right leg.”

Around 20 teenagers thought to be aged 14 or 15 were present at the time of the incident, and the RSPCA understands some of these took photos and video.

Mr Dickenson said: “I want to appeal to anyone who has any specific information about what happened to come forward.

“Millie is still suffering from the effects of this attack several days later.

“At first, Millie wouldn’t come out from behind the sofa, her owners couldn't stop her shaking and she would appear to lose consciousness.

“She is now moving around tentatively and was happy to greet me when I visited her, tail wagging and wanting a fuss.

"However, when let out for the toilet, she runs, goes and then comes back in straight away and will not be taken out on the lead for a walk anymore.”

If you think you can help please contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for Adam.