Witness appeal after attack on dog walker

November 9, 2018

THE wife of a dog walker who was viciously attacked by a thug in Fazeley has asked Tamworth Informed for help in finding her husbands attacker.

The 34-year-old dog walker lost several teeth and needed stitches both inside and outside his mouth after being kicked in the face by a thug while out walking his pet.

The daylight incident happened between 4.20pm and 4.30pm on Thursday 1 November on the canal towpath, next to the opening to Rutland Drive, on the County Drive estate in Fazeley.

The victim’s wife, who does not wish to be named, told Tamworth Informed: “My husband was walking our dog by the canal when he came face to face with a young lad walking another dog.

“Our dog is only young and jumped up at his dog in a friendly way. My husband pulled our dog back and the other man said ‘keep your f***ing dog away from me’ and stepped forward and hit our dog in the face.

“My husband asked him to calm down and he kicked my husband in the mouth, before running away up towards the Fazeley Junction direction; but he may have got off the canal earlier and walked into one of the roads beside the canal.

“Initially [my husband] couldn’t even speak well enough to tell the police exactly what happened. It’s left him very shaken – and our dog too.

“Our dog is really soft, she would never hurt another dog, and the other dog didn’t react either. There was no fight between the two dogs or anything. I just hope the police can find out who did this.”

The victim required stitches both inside and outside his mouth.
The victim required stitches both inside and outside his mouth.
The attack has left the victim requiring expensive dental treatment.
The attack has left the victim requiring expensive dental treatment.

The attacker as being in his early-mid 20s, wearing a black hat with a hood pulled over it, a dark blue jacket and grey tracksuit bottoms. He is also believed to have been carrying a white ‘man bag’.

His dog is thought to be a blue Staffordshire bullterrier with a black lead.

Any witness or anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 565 of 01 November.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.