08/01/2014 11:31 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Police Hunting For Cruel Dog Abuser Caught On Video (GRAPHIC)

Spotted in Stevenage

Police in the U.K. are trying to find a man caught on video swinging his leashed Chihuahua around his head.

It's a disturbing display of animal abuse that was first posted to Facebook by the group Spotted in Stevenage on Thursday. Users quickly alerted authorities to the video, which shows four men -- who reportedly don't own the dog -- walking along a Stevenage street with the dog. A man wearing a blue shirt and shorts picks up the dog by its leash and swings it violently around his head several times.

The graphic video is embedded below:

Hertsfordshire police released a statement this morning to report that the dog wasn't injured and was returned to its owner. The man reportedly allowed the men to walk his dog but didn't know about the abuse until he saw the video on Facebook.

"No animal deserves to be treated in this way and we are taking this matter extremely seriously," Lindsey Cox from the Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team said in the release. "We appreciate the images are not of the best quality but I am sure someone will know who these people are and I would urge you to contact [us]."

The Facebook video has been shared more than 1,600 times since it was posted on Thursday. User are horrified.

"Absolutely disgusting!" one woman wrote. "They are all pure evil! There is way too much cruelty in the world, we need the law to change!"

Anyone with information that could lead to the suspect's arrest can visit this page and call the number listed at the bottom.

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