Thieves tar­get man’s dog

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

A man needed hos­pi­tal treat­ment af­ter two at­tack­ers tried to steal his dog for the sec­ond time in just over a week.

The 77- year- old was walk­ing his Ger­man Shep­herd in a grassy area be­hind the Bull­frog Pub on Shields Road, Mother­well, when he was as­saulted by the men just af­ter 3pm yesterday.

He was treated for a se­ri­ous cut to his arm at Wishaw Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing re­leased.

It comes just over a week af­ter he was at­tacked by two men in a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in the North La­nark­shire town.

Po­lice ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dents.

De­tec­tive con­sta­ble Jac­qui McCann said: “We be­lieve that the man in­volved was the in­tended tar­get and that the men were try­ing to steal his dog.

“It’s the sec­ond time in just over a week that he has been at­tacked. The first time was around 3.30pm on Fri­day July 10, when he was ap­proached by who he be­lieves to­bethe­samemen in Shields Glen, Mother­well.

“On this oc­ca­sion he was hit on the head but not in­jured – he be­lieves they tried to get his dog.

“He walks his dog in the same­place ev­ery­dayan­dat the same time – so if the in­tent is to steal his dog, the sus­pects will know his rou­tine.”

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