A Victorian man attacked while walking his dog has been left with permanent brain damage.
The 59-year-old Ararat man was walking his dog along Barkly Street on July 1, about 1.50pm, when he was assaulted.
A woman raised the alarm after finding him with serious head injuries, but left the scene before police arrived.
The victim was taken to hospital in a critical condition and remained in intensive care for 28 days. The incident left him with an acquired brain injury.
Police believe a man and woman fled following the incident.
Detectives were initially unable to determine the exact cause of the man’s injuries, however now believe he may have been struck to the back of the head.
Detectives and the victim’s daughter are appealing for information to find his attacker.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.