A man was walking his dog in in Whyke Lane, Chichester, yesterday (Monday, April 26) when two men pulled up in a flatbed truck and asked if he would sell his dog.
When the man declined, the pair became verbally abusive before driving away, police have said.
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A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "Around 6.30pm on Monday (April 26), police received a report of two men in a vehicle being verbally abusive towards another man. It happened around 1.15pm in Whyke Lane, Chichester.
"The victim had been walking his dog when two men in a vehicle pulled up alongside him and asked if he wanted to sell his dog. The victim declined, and the two men became verbally abusive before driving away.
Sussex PCC wants to understand public perception of dog theft through national survey"The vehicle is described as a white flatbed truck with lots of logos and signs on it.
"Anyone who saw what happened or has any other information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1169 of 26.04."