A teenage dog walker was left with a head injury and bruises after two men attempted to snatch her beloved pet.
Dana Mangham, aged 16, of Ivanhoe Road, Conisbrough, was walking Yorkshire terrier Lilly when the men tried to cut the lead attached to her two-and a-half-year-old.
Mum Corina Mangham, aged 42, said the incident, shortly before 7pm on Sunday had left the Doncaster College student frightened to go out alone.
“She went out to walk her little Yorkie dog when she felt herself being pushed towards a wall,” said Corina.
“At the time she thought they were after her phone so fumbled in her pocket.
“They started smashing her hand against the wall and she realised they were after the dog. She held onto the lead and didn’t let go, and then they banged her head against the wall.
“The dog bit one of them and they stuck the boot in. Dana dropped down to protect Lilly.
“She said one of them had a little penknife but they didn’t threaten her with it. We checked the lead and there’s cut marks on it.”
Corina said the men failed to steal Lilly and ran off.
She said: “Dana’s usually outgoing and bubbly, it’s really hit her hard.
“It’s terrible. It could have been a 12-year-old walking the dog.”
Dana was taken to Rotherham Hospital for treatment to a sprained and bruised wrist, a minor head injury and bruising to her leg, knees and left hip.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “We were called at 8.40pm on Sunday, January 19, after reports of an attempted robbery and we are investigating.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
Corina posted details of the incident on Facebook.
Among those who commented was Paul Trevor Holden, who said: “It’s not safe to go anywhere these days.”
Penny Rusic wrote: “They need a damn good pounding; hope they’re ok xx.”
Katie Louise Foulds added: “Oh my god! hope she’s ok!! and the poochie xx.”