A DOG has been taken into the care of a charity after being hit on the head with a chain lead.

The RSPCA, which is currently looking after the animal, is appealing for information following the incident, which happened in Sunderland at around 6.30am on Wednesday.

Delilah, a female German Shepherd-husky cross, slipped her lead during the incident in Percival Street, Pallion.

She was taken into RSPCA care after the person hitting her ran away.

RSPCA inspector Catherine Maddison said: “A man - described as white and wearing dark clothing - was seen hitting Delilah with a chain lead.

“She got away from him and into a nearby garden before the man ran off.

“Delilah is microchipped - which is how we know her name - but the telephone number is out of service and enquiries at the address on file suggest the owner has moved, after rehoming her, so we’re drawing a blank.”

She added: “Delilah has been checked over by a vet to make sure she’s okay. She has some marks on her face, but seems to be in good condition otherwise and is a lovely friendly dog.”

Anyone who knows who owns Delilah or who witnessed the incident is asked to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for inspector Maddison.