A MAN who was savagely knocked unconscious in broad daylight by a robber was saved by his hero pet dog.
The 45-year-old man was revived by his Patterdale Terrier after he was struck from behind by his attacker while walking the dog on ‘the pits’ area of Colliery Wood in Winstanley at around 10.30am on Bank Holiday Monday (May 26).
The dog licked his face so that he regained consciousness and he was able to crawl to a nearby path where he was seen by passers-by.
The victim had just passed a person, thought to be responsible who was wearing a dark hooded top and blue jeans when shortly afterwards he felt a nasty blow to the back of his head which knocked him to the floor.
As he lay unconscious on the floor, the thief rifled through his pockets and stole his wallet containing his driver’s license and other identification.
After his dog revived him a passer-by saw him on the floor and called the emergency services.
Greater Manchester Police is now investigating the incident and officers are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
The area is popular with dog walkers and police fear the attacker may strike again unless he is caught.
Detective Constable Andy Pickles said: “This is a popular area among dog walkers and I am hoping this appeal jogs the memory of someone who was out walking their dog that day who may have recognised a man wearing a dark hooded top and blue jeans.
“This was a cowardly, sneaky attack from behind on a man who was doing no more than out walking his dog. There was no provocation or argument, it was simply a senseless cowardly act of mindless aggression against the victim.
“We need to find this man and ensure no-one else is targeted in this violent way, so I would appeal to anyone who has any information to come forward.
“This man is badly shaken up, as you can imagine. But if you have any information that could help us find him then it would least give him some semblance of justice so please do call us if you know anything.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.