Dog loses teeth in Sydney CBD conflict

Hannah Higgins

A Chinese Crested Powderpuff has had its teeth knocked out in what the pooch's owner claims was an act of animal cruelty in Sydney's CBD.

A 40-year-old woman was walking her two dogs - Sootie the Powderpuff and Timmy - in The Rocks about 10pm on Tuesday when she sat down on a park bench.

The woman was then approached by a man walking his dog resulting in the three pooches "coming into conflict", NSW Police Chief Inspector David Vidal told reporters on Wednesday.

"During that conflict, both parties tried to separate the dogs and at some stage one of the dogs of the female lost two front teeth," Insp Vidal said.

NSW Police in an earlier statement said the dog's teeth had been kicked out by the man.

"Following that, the lady's mobile phone was thrown to the ground and then stomped on by the male," a spokesperson said.

Insp Vidal revealed the man initially walked away but returned when bystanders tried to help the woman. A "conflict" then allegedly broke out between the man and two bystanders.

It's alleged the woman's phone was stomped on after she took a photo of the man.

CCTV footage shows the man aggressively yelling at the woman as she holds her dogs by their collars.

Insp Vidal said police were still investigating the matter.

He said at this stage all detectives had to go off was the woman's statement and he urged the man involved to come forward.

"We'd like to get his version of events - we need to ascertain exactly what occurred," the inspector said.

Police want to speak with a man described as being Caucasian, in his 60s, about 170-centimetres tall of medium build with grey hair.