Published: 15:49, 07 April 2021
| Updated: 11:30, 08 April 2021
A carer was attacked after his dog barked at a man on a eScooter.
Brian Gasson, 38, now needs surgery on a broken wrist after he was punched and fell to the floor when his Labrador cross breed barked at a young unknown man in Shepway, Maidstone.
Mr Gasson's partner Lynn Wood, said: "He's in so much pain. You can't go around just hitting people."
The 38-year-old was out walking their two dogs near Marion Crescent at around 4pm yesterday and was speaking to a friend, when their pooch Ella barked at a man on a scooter.
"He said to the chap, 'She's alright, she's just a bit noisy, she won't hurt you.' She literally just 'woofed' at him, probably because he was on a scooter.
"Next thing this chap came walking up to him and punched him in the face. Brian put his arms out to catch himself and ended up with two broken wrists and a black eye.
"As he was walking up to him he was saying something but Brian couldn't remember what he said, he was in shock when he came back."
The assailant is was in his teens or early 20s. He was on an electric scooter, Ms Wood believes.
Afterwards, the attacker got back on his transport and left the scene.
Mr Gasson and Ms Wood have lived in Shepway for nine years and regularly take their dogs for walks in the area.
Ms Wood is disabled and Mr Gasson is her career.
Now, because of the attack, Mr Gasson's mother has to care for them both.
Mr Gasson returned from the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at 2am and he is now waiting to have surgery on one of his wrists, after doctors couldn't reset it.
Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack and to anyone who can identify the assailant.
Police said: "The suspect is white, in his late teens, around 5ft10in, slim, with light blond curly hair.
"He was wearing a waist-length jacket, jogging bottoms and black trainers.
"Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting 46/56989/21.
"You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete an online form on their website."