Shocking CCTV footage of the moment a man was allegedly beaten up by two men over his dog has been released by police.
Investigating the brutal assault and attempted dog theft in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong on November 27, Victoria Police has shared the horrifying footage in a bid to track down the offenders.
Police say the 25-year-old Dandenong man was approached about 6pm by two strangers who asked to pat his husky dog – and then asked how much the dog would be to buy.
After telling the two men his dog was not for sale, they snatched the leash from him and tried to steal the dog, according to police.
Police allege they then punched the victim in the face a number of times, stole an amount of cash he dropped and ran off.
Shortly after, police say the two men confronted the victim once more on the Princes Highway, one of them beating him with a stick before again running away.
The Dandenong man was left with injuries to his head and upper body – but managed to keep his dog.
The CCTV footage shows two people investigators believe may be able to help with their inquiries.
The first man is described as African, aged in his early 20s, with a slim build and black braided or dreadlocked hair.
He was wearing black track pants and white shoes, carrying a yellow soccer ball.
The second man is described as caucasian, aged in his mid to late 20s, with an average build and short black hair.
He was wearing a red baseball hat, black hooded jumper with a white motif and blue track pants with white stripes.
Any witnesses, anyone with vision or information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.