An 84-year-old grandfather was severely beaten by a man who tried to steal his beloved dog from outside a shopping centre.
The grandfather left his dog, 11-year-old Boyo, tied up at a shopping centre on Ballarto Road at Carrum Downs, southeast of Melbourne, about 9am (local time) on Tuesday, according to Victoria Police.
Sydney Ellis saw a man taking his dog and when he approached the suspect, the 84-year-old was viciously assaulted.
The police said in a statement sent to Yahoo News Australia, Mr Ellis suffered facial injuries and was taken to hospital.
Speaking to Nine News, Mr Ellis said he thought he was “going to die” during the horrific attack.
Mr Ellis is a full-time carer for his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease and was out walking his dog.
The grandfather was taking one of his three walks for that day and picking up bread.
“He gets 30 minutes to himself each day, made up of three 10-minute walks with his dog,” Mr Ellis’ daughter Lydia Anne told the Leader.
Lydia Anne said her father was “traumatised” following the alleged assault.
Mr Ellis was reportedly bashed repeatedly by the man on his face, neck and head, and Boyo had vomited during the assault out of fear.
When the man attempted to run off with Boyo, onlookers chased down the man and were able to successfully retrieve the dog, according to Victoria Police.
A short distance away from the shopping centre, a 26-year-old man was arrested by police.
The 26-year-old, from Oakleigh East, was charged with robbery, intentional cause injury and possessing a controlled weapon, and was remanded in custody.
Mr Ellis told Nine News Boyo was “very sweet natured” and “very attached” to the family.
The 84-year-old is also expected to make a full recovery for his 60th wedding anniversary, which he will celebrate in a fortnight.
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