A police investigation has been launched after a man was accused of hitting his pet dog outside a cafe in Diss. 

Ross Lee, 33, was in the town on Friday when he claimed he saw a dog owner hitting his pet outside the Time Out cafe and restaurant in Victoria Road.

He confronted the man about his treatment of the animal and the situation quickly escalated into an argument.

Mr Lee filmed the encounter and later uploaded it to TikTok where it has now had 2.5m views. 

Eastern Daily Press: The incident happened outside the Time Out cafeThe incident happened outside the Time Out cafe (Image: Ross Lee)

The video shows Mr Lee approaching the man while filming on his phone and saying: "If I see you hit that dog again I'm gonna f*****g hit you."

The dog owner moved closer to him as Mr Lee added: "Go on, hit the dog again now you're on camera, I dare you."

At one stage during the row, the owner protested: "It's my dog."

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Mr Lee responded: "Don't hurt animals - look at you, you're disgusting mate".

The dog owner then made a homophonic remark towards Mr Lee.

Staff emerged from the cafe and suggested the dog owner and his party should leave.

Eastern Daily Press: Police have launched an investigationPolice have launched an investigation (Image: Ross Lee)Mr Lee, a garden designer from Suffolk, said standing up for the dog was "a natural instinct". 

"A couple of years ago I bought a puppy from a bad breeder and she was very ill and unfortunately passed away about a week later," he said.

"It was very traumatic and I was heartbroken.

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"Seeing someone have a dog and intentionally hurt or mistreat it infuriates me - they are beautiful souls that need our protection."

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Constabulary confirmed officers interviewed the suspect on Sunday for two offences - a public order hate incident and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Both instances remain under investigation.

Time Out cafe has been contacted for comment.