A man was attacked and his dog was killed as they were ambushed as they walked through a Sheffield estate.
The 68-year-old was assaulted as he walked his dog - a Yorkshire Terrier cross breed - in Fox Hill Crescent, Fox Hill.
He told police officers that three offenders were involved in the attack and that those involved struck him with a brick and killed his beloved pet.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are investigating after a 68-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and his dog killed.
“It is believed that three unknown offenders assaulted the man as he walked with his dog, a cross breed Yorkshire Terrier, towards a block of flats in Fox Hill Crescent, Sheffield.
“The man was injured as a result of the incident and currently remains in hospital.
“Police are asking anyone who may have any information about the incident to contact police.
“Did you witness the incident? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area at around that time?”
Anyone with information about the incident on Wednesday, February 10 should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.