A MAN who was walking his pet pooch was left nursing a sore face after being battered by another dog-lover in an unprovoked attack.
The 42-year-old victim and his wife were in Paisley’s Barshaw Park with their Yorkshire terrier when the stranger attacked him.
The assailant – also said to be out with a woman walking a black Labrador – claimed that he had punched the victim “because he was staring at him”.
Now police are keen to trace the attacker and find out exactly what happened.
The victim and his wife were near the park’s pond area, at around 2.15pm, when they saw another couple strolling towards them with a Labrador.
The unknown man had with him a dog toy for throwing balls.
However, as they couples passed one another, the man turned and punched the victim in the face.
Shocked, the 42-year-old and his wife began to run away, but asked why he had done it.
It is understood then brandished the dog toy stick aggressively and said: “You were staring at me.”
Cops told the Paisley Daily Express yesterday that the victim suffered only a small cut to his face.
The culprit and his partner were later seen getting into a silver Vauxhall Corsa near Barshaw Golf Course and driving off.
He is described aged 48 to 52, between 6ft and 6ft 2ins tall, of a medium build and with blonde hair. He was wearing a blue long-sleeved jumper and jeans.
Inspector Eddie Gray, of Paisley Police Office, appealed for witnesses.
He said: “I’m concerned as this appears to be an unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public for no apparent reason.
“For this to happen in broad daylight in the middle of what can be a very busy park is unusual.
“I am very keen to trace anyone who was in the area or who saw the culprits and their silver Corsa to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should call police on 0141 532 5900. You can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.