Michael Lamb, 42, rushed to confront the dog’s owner at his house after the vicious attack outside Park Road Tesco yesterday.
Horrified witnesses watched on as the small dog was lifted into the air by the force of the man’s kick, leaving blood splatters on the pavement.
Michael was able to take the brown and white Corgie, Jack Russell cross back to his shop, Maggie’s Farm Organics on Aigburth Road, where the dog, now affectionately known as “Sconehead” has been recovering since.
The dad-of-three the ECHO: “My main care was for that dog. I’m a father and I’ve got a little daughter. I was getting messages after the attack saying, ‘Do you know about this fella?’ and I did. I thought ‘I’m not having this.’
“I shut the shop and walked up there, knocked two or three times and I could hear the dog barking. My first impression was ‘I am taking that dog away from you’.
“This went on in public. You can only imagine what might have gone on in the house.”
Michael then convinced the owner to give him the dog after noticing blood on the dog’s face.
Less than a day after his rescue, little Sconehead has transformed from a “scared” dog into a “chill lad” who is at home by Michael’s side.
Michael said: “I can’t move for him, he follows me around. He still growls and is a bit nervous but he is a completely different dog from last night. He thinks he owns the gaff.”
He said: “The RSPCA are going to check him over and make sure he is OK. They’ve told me he is my dog now. And I am making sure he goes to the right family.
“It is so horrible. I do not want to let him go.”
But the good news is that after being inundated with offers Michael has found the perfect home for Sconehead – just a few doors down from his shop.
He said: “I know the girl who is going to have him I wouldn’t just give him to anyone. I have had that many people asking and saying ‘I will have him, I will have’ him but this way I can see him every day.
“I’m devastated. I’m going to miss him.”
Sconehead is going to Kerry Thomas, who runs and owns Onion, a cafe also on Aigburth Road.
She told the ECHO: “My husband and I have wanted to rescue a dog for ages. We didn’t think we would get him.”
Kerry said it was “love at first sight” when she met Sconehead – although she says she will change his name and is thinking about calling him Mick after his rescuer.
This morning Merseyside Police confirmed they were working with the RSPCA to investigate the incident.
They tweeted to say: “Police have been made aware of a video that shows a male kicking a dog, we are currently in discussion with the RSPCA in relation to this.”
A statement from the RSPCA added: “The RSPCA was made aware yesterday evening of footage circulating on social media which showed a man kicking a dog in a street in Liverpool.
“We are assisting Merseyside police in their investigations.”